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Felixstowe: ‘Pressing need’ for superstore at resort – fresh plans submitted by developer

13:01 01 September 2014

The area of vacant land at the Haven Exchange in Felixstowe which could become homes to a new superstore.

The area of vacant land at the Haven Exchange in Felixstowe which could become homes to a new superstore.

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New proposals have been submitted for a £13million superstore at Felixstowe which could create around 200 jobs.

Cranford Developments has submitted the scheme for the 20,000sq ft store, filling station and 164-space car park at Haven Exchange, off the Dock Gate One roundabout, because no progress has been made on plans for an already-agreed supermarket in the town centre.

Last year, the company was refused consent for an Asda store on the 4.6-acre site at the end of the A14.

Suffolk Coastal councillors were sympathetic and liked the idea of an extra filling station to help drive down prices at the town’s two other garages.

However, they felt Felixstowe needed only one new store – and opted instead for a scheme put forward by Albourne Property for a 30,000sq ft project on land next to the railway station.

However, eleven months on, no work has started and no store operator has been announced for the Railway Approach scheme.

Simply Planning, agents for Cranford Developments, said in a report submiited with the planning application: “In the meantime, the need for a new foodstore in Felixstowe, which has long been recognised, continues and, if anything, is all the more pressing.

“This is because residents of the town are continuing to leave Felixstowe for their main food shopping and this is only likely to increase.

“New stores have been developed on the Ipswich fringe (for example, the John Lewis/Waitrose development at Futura Park) and these new stores, together with improvements in the existing stores can only serve to exert increasing pressure on food shopping purchases by residents of the town.

“There are acknowledged signs of recovery in the economy with people feeling more secure and with increasing disposable incomes. Therefore, spending on food and other shopping is likely to increase as the years progress.

“Significant growth is now coming on stream in Felixstowe which will increase the demand for improved food shopping.

“This includes both new housing development and employment development. Further growth is planned. All of that new growth will lead to an increased demand for food shopping facilities.”

Suffolk Coastal planning officers are examining the detail of the proposals.

10 comments

  • This location is and always was the right location for any new superstore, the location of the railway sidings as proving has been a non starter because Tesco or Asda would have taken it up if it was feasible so once again the council were told but took no notice and end up with egg on their faces let's hope they now see the sensible option.

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    Mr.Andy Giles

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • Oh and Solar is never busy because of their outrageous prices. When you got a fair divi, you did not mind paying extra, but now they only offer vouchers to be used in store, and even then the return is abysmal. The coop is so far behind the times, that they still stock opal fruits and marathons.

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Should really be an Asda, there is a Tesco only a few miles away in martlesham.plus if you want a price war at the pumps, Asda win every time hands down, no contest.

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Has nobody considered the traffic implications? If the Port expands there will be considerably more lorries on the Port of Felixstowe Road. If the Uniserve Depot gets built at Clickett Hill there will be considerably more lorries and vans on the same road. If an Asda gets built at Haven Exchange there will be considerably more lorries and private cars on this route. This will surely result in traffic chaos.

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    Grumpy Git

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • @badpuppy....sorry but in my view the Tesco proposal was in exactly the RIGHT place. Bus route for public transport access and cars would access through Walton or more likely from the A154. Something is needed in that area even more than ever now as more houses are built, plus the parking would have alleviated the increasing congestion now caused by the new school. A site near the Docks just suits dock workers most of the time. And as for that joke proposal on stilts squeezed in by the station, well Tommy Cooper jokes live on!

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    Disbeliever

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Why is there a "pressing need" for a new superstore when the population of Felixstowe is going down? Also, if there is a "pressing need" why is it that the Solar in Hamilton Road is never busy?

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    Grumpy Git

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • The TESCO store was in the wrong location, in Trimley High Road, with entrances near to that new School, & on a bus route. Traffic in that area would've been horrendous!! - This new store near the Docks would serve Dock workers very well. Dunno about the rest of us though...........? lol

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    badpuppy

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • come on tesco .

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Everyone should email the planning office agreeing to the proposal

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    zaax

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • Is the right site for a superstore and closer to the port and A14 so hopefully open 24hr also have a big range also home ware and clothing

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    Antony Perkins

    Monday, September 1, 2014

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