Isle of Wight Council’s Deputy Leader has refused to back down on plans enabling supermarkets on Newport’s St George’s Park.

The decision to allow owners, South Coast Leisure, to apply for the building of two food retail units has been upheld, despite being ‘called in’ by other Councillors.

Concerns that it could mean too many supermarkets in the area and damage local businesses were heard at an extraordinary meeting of the Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday (9).

At last night’s (Thursday) cabinet meeting the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources said he’s chosen to use his delegated powers to stick to his original decision.

Councillor Stuart Hutchinson said:

“I do recognise the concerns that were expressed at scrutiny meeting. that is the reason why whilst the decision remains my responsibility rather than a cabinet decision I thought in the spirit of management it should be open and that’s why I’ve prepared a paper to be attached to the minutes of the meeting; to show I have reconsidered and come to the same conclusion i had in the first place.”