A GOVERNMENT inspector has given the go-head for a supermarket chain to build a controversial petrol station at a town centre store.

He over-ruled Rossendale Council’s refusal of planning permission for the four-pump outlet at Asda’s Holly Mount Way, Rawtenstall, site.

Local Longholme Labour councillor Steve Hughes has expressed his ‘great disappointment’ at the decision following an appeal by the chain.

He said: “This means that despite the concerns of the local residents, councillors, the council and the wider business community in Rawtenstall, Asda are now allowed to build a four pump petrol filling station and drive-to-pay kiosk on the upper level of their car park in Rawtenstall.

“I am incredibly disappointed that the planning inspector has overturned a decision taken locally.

“My view is clear; I don’t think this monstrosity is appropriate and am disappointed that Asda have put profits over the community.

“I will be writing to Rossendale’s MP Jake Berry expressing my disappointment.”

Cllr Hughes also criticised Lancashire County Council for failing to object to the scheme.

He said: “I am also very disappointed that the county council didn’t think there was a negative impact on the local road d.

“An objection from it would have helped make sure this petrol station was not built.”

County council highways boss Cllr Keith Iddon said: “We can only object to schemes when there are clear ground for us to to so. This was not the case with this application as shown by the inspector’s decision.”

There was non-one at Asda available for comment.