THE date of a crunch planning meeting to consider rival applications for a new supermarket on the outskirts of Newport has changed.
The Isle of Wight Council meeting will now be held on July 2, rather than June 24.
Two separate planning applications have been lodged by supermarket giant Asda and the owners of the neighbouring Newport football ground, South Coast Leisure (SCL), for land off St George’s Way.
Asda has made it clear it intends to stick to its own scheme, which would create 450 jobs.
If approved, the 45,000 sq ft store will include a petrol station and cafe inside, an improved pedestrian/cycle route and a shuttle bus service to the town centre.
SCL has submitted an alternative scheme on the football ground site and plans to use cash from the development to build a new ground on adjacent land, owned by the IW Council.
SCL said its proposal offered more benefits to Islanders, being closer to the town and would allow the construction of new football club facilities that could be used by the community.