The Co-op has won a legal challenge to stop an Asda store being built in Cinderford.
Forest of Dean District Council previously gave permission for the new retail store on land at Steam Mills Road in January.
But the Co-op, which already has a store in the town, applied for a Judicial Review and a judge at the High Court has ruled in their favour.
We are disappointed as a Council but today’s decision will not alter our determination to do the very best for Cinderford and the district.
– Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Leader, Forest of Dean District Council
We will now consider the court’s ruling carefully and adjust our approach if necessary and maintain our aim of bringing more jobs, new homes and to improve the economic climate in Cinderford and the wider Forest.
Our recent victory in the High Court challenge to our Core Strategy gives us the confidence that our overall approach is the right one.
– Cllr Brian Robinson, Cabinet member for Planning Policy, Forest of Dean District Council
Residents in Cinderford are to stage a further protest in favour of a new Asda store later this morning. Last month nearly 200 people joined a demonstration against the local Co-Op's legal challenge against the development.
More than 1,400 people have signed up to a Facebook page backing the plans, which have been supported by Forest of Dean District Council. Mid-Counties Co-Op is seeking a judicial review. The Co-Op has previously seen off plans by Tesco to build in the town. Protesters plan to march at noon.