Ipswich: Planners are “credit to borough” say Waitrose/John Lewis store developers
07:20 12 November 2012
Developers working on a major new retail and business park in Ipswich have praised planners as “a credit to the borough” after their Waitrose/John Lewis at home scheme was turned around in record time.
Tony Chambers, chairman of Futura Park owners AquiGen, thanked Ipswich Borough Council’s officer for the role they played in keeping the project, on the former Crane engineering site at Nacton, on track.
An initial store opening deadline was brought forward to Thursday of this week enabling the retailers to get in in time for the Christmas rush.
“The planning officers at IBC created a specific planning policy to allow the regeneration of this site by suggesting that a retail development would create the value to enable the whole site to be completely demolished and remediated,” said Mr Chambers
“The management of the AquiGen planning application by the officers was undertaken in the utmost professional manner.
“They are a credit to the Borough. Once the application was approved by the members the officers made every effort to assist the delivery the project and opening of the Waitrose and John Lewis Store in record time.”