Store wars set to reach conclusion

TWO long-running and controversial applications for supermarkets that have divided a town could finally be decided this month.

Rival supermarket giants Tesco and Sainsbury’s have applied to Kettering Council to build superstores on different sites in Desborough.

The Tesco application has been recommended for approval by council officers, who have suggested the Sainsbury’s proposal should be rejected when they are both debated at Kettering Council’s planning committee meeting on Wednesday, January 25.

A meeting in September to discuss the Tesco application was cancelled when Sainsbury’s said both proposals should be debated togther.

The two applications, which were submitted more than a year ago, have split opinion in the town.

Campaigners have opposed the Tesco plan to demolish the 200-year-old factory, and Kettering Council met behind closed doors last month to debate removing a covenant on the site by the Co-op to forbid the selling of food.

A parish poll in October 2010 in Desborough found that four out of five voters wanted a supermarket at Magnetic Park, which is where Sainsbury’s has applied.