A new Co-op supermarket can be built in Duston, despite councillors and hundreds of residents opposing the move.
In May this year, members of Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee voted by a majority of six to three to block a scheme to build a Co-op on the site of a current petrol station in Main Road, Duston.
Their decision came after more than 800 people signed a petition against the development.
But national planning inspector, Nigel McGurk, has now said that decision was wrong.
The council originally blocked the development because of the ‘overbearing impact’ it would have on the community and the visual impact of the new store.
But in a report published this week, Mr McGurk said the development would not harm the area.
He said: “During my site visit I noted the current garage contributes little to the attractive qualities of the area.
“In particular, I noted that the garage building, canopy, car sales area and other features were mostly unattractive and detracted from the overall appearance of the area.
“By way of contrast the proposed development would serve to “tidy up” the site. It would present a reasonably pleasant and modern, if rather plainly designed, new building.”
The development will see the current petrol station demolished so the new store can be built on the site.