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Marlborough store decision on hold as rival lodges plan

A branch of Sainsbury's
Sainsbury's plan led to councillors deciding to delay a decision

Planners in Marlborough have announced they are going to choose between Sainsburys and Tesco for a new supermarket in the town.

They had been expected to approve Tesco's plans - but then the rival chain submitted its own proposals for a store.

Campaigners have been pushing for months for the Tesco plan to be backed.

They believe it would provide a cheaper alternative to Waitrose and say they are frustrated by the delay.

'Initial fears'

Council officers had recommended that the Tesco scheme should be approved.

But councillors decided that they should postpone a decision to be fair to all the parties.

It is thought that only one scheme will be given permission.

Peter Davison of Marlborough Chamber of Commerce told BBC Wiltshire that there had been initial fears that a supermarket might take business away from local traders.

But Mr Davison said most members now say a new store will boost businesses in the town.

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