A KEY meeting to decide the future of Wentworth Street car park takes place tomorrow.

Plans to build a supermarket and petrol station on the site will go before a special meeting of Ryedale District Council’s planning committee at Malton School at 6pm, with officers recommending the application is approved.

Leeds-based developers GMI Holbeck submitted an amended planning application for a new foodstore and petrol station last December.

The revised scheme, which came 18 months after district councillors were “minded to grant” planning permission for the store, includes plans for an enhanced walkway to Malton Market Place, three hours’ free parking and a public piazza.

A 96-page report, published ahead of the planning meeting, indicates that 101 letters of objection have been submitted with concerns raised including the effect it would have in reducing in the number of people visiting shops and other outlets in Malton and the threat to the viability of the approved livestock market scheme, of which Booths has entered negotiations to lease a proposed supermarket on the site.

Members of MASS (Malton Against SuperStore) led by Totally Locally Malton and Norton, Malton and Norton Chamber of Trade and Fitzwilliam Malton Estate have taken a petition to planners.