A CRUCIAL meeting is set to decide whether two more supermarket schemes for Christchurch should be given the go-ahead.

A meeting of the planning committee from 6pm tonight will decide whether Morrisons should be given the go-ahead at Beagle in Stony Lane alongside a revised application for a food store at Meteor Retail Park.

It is the third time the Morrisons application, now revised, will go before councillors.

Retail giant Asda threatened to withdraw from a multi-million pound supermarket scheme at Bailey Drive if these two other stores got the go-ahead.

Developers Quantum issued the ultimatum just two days before the special planning meeting at Christchurch Borough Council which will decide on a scheme for Morrisons at Beagle on Stony Lane and a revised food store scheme for Meteor Retail Park in Somerford.

Both Morrisons and Meteor Retail Park have been recommended for approval.

The Morrisons scheme will also safeguard jobs at Beagle Technology who say they will move to a premises within Christchurch should permission be granted.

Andy Martin will be tweeting live updates from the meeting tonight from 6pm.