A SPECIAL Isle of Wight Council planning meeting will hear rival applications for a new supermarket on the outskirts of Newport.
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.
SCL has submitted an alternative scheme for land adjacent to where Asda wants to build its first Isle of Wight store, creating 450 jobs.
SCL wants to site a new supermarket on the football ground site and use cash from the development to build a new ground on adjacent land, owned by the Isle of Wight Council.
Asda has made it clear however, it intends to stick to its own scheme.
A date for the special meeting has yet to be set but is expected to be held in March or April.