Planners have been forced to postpone a major decision on three sites put forward for supermarkets in Stroud.
Stroud District Council was expected to make decisions on recommendations to approve Asda's bid for a new store at Lightpill, and to reject applications for supermarkets at Dudbridge and Ryeford, on Thursday night.
However the decision has been postponed to September 23.
A spokesman for Stroud District Council said:
“Since the meeting papers and officer recommendations on the three applications were made public the agents have provided further technical and legal submissions to the council.
"We must give these matters due consideration and because of the nature and complexity of the issues involved, with what are three multi-million pound planning applications, it would not be possible for committee members to have sufficient time to digest and consider three substantially updated reports.
"As such council officers will be recommending to councillors that all three supermarket applications are deferred until mid-September.”
The meeting will open on Thursday night but councillors are expected to agree to postpone the decision until September.