Ipswich: Tesco withdraws controversial Grafton Way application

The Tesco development that has now been withdrawn. The Tesco development that has now been withdrawn.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
3:55 PM

Tesco’s controversial application to develop land at Grafton Way near Ipswich town centre has been withdrawn just hours before it was due to come up before borough planners.

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Spenhill Regeneration, part of Tesco, withdrew the application to build a supermarket, hotels, and homes on the site today.

It had been due to be discussed by members of the borough’s planning and development committee tomorrow. Planning officers had recommended the application should be refused.

Tesco had already announced it did not want to develop a supermarket on the site itself – but it hoped to sell it on with planning permission.

A spokesman for the borough said officers were now keen to meet Spenhill bosses to discuss future plans for the site.

Council leader David Ellesmere said: “While we welcome the withdrawal of the planning application we now want to meet with company representatives as soon as possible to discuss their plans and the future of this important site for the town.”

Tesco decided not to develop the site last year but commissioned property agents to put it on the market.

It already has planning permission for a supermarket, which was granted in 2011, but work on that has never been started.

Ipswich Central has been trying to persuade the borough to turn down the application and concentrate development efforts on other sites in the town.

Chief Executive Paul Clement said: “Years of campaigning and the Council’s recommendation to refuse permission have achieved the right outcome for the town centre.

“Months ago, we asked for an end to the uncertainty by calling for Tesco to either build out or get out.

“Their decision has now cleared the way for a disposal of this important site which, I hope, will be acquired for some form of residential development. Let’s now agree priority sites and get on with building again.”

However opposition councillor Judy Terry was disappointed at the news: “It is very disappointing that we continue to see no progress on this important, landmark, site on one of the principal routes into Ipswich.

“The original proposal was to bring 900 jobs to the town, and the revised plans could have been the trigger to unlock other development in the vicinity, including the derelict sites on the Waterfront, and the Archant site, refreshing the whole area and increasing employment opportunities.”

14 comments

  • Say what you like about tescos and the gang, they employ half the nation and feed the rest.

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    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Why can't we have a nice park with some nice fountains with seating areas linking Cardinal Park with the docks. Simples

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    Drew Peacock

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Was this not old news this was months ago !

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    G8mum

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Good news. Too many Tesco stores already in town. How about an enterprise park for small and medium sized businesses desperate to get some affordable space in Suffolk's county town? No chance of that happening as that requires some serious joined up thinking; something lacking at IBC!

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    Steve Blake

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Was this not old news this was months ago !

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    G8mum

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Yet one more fiasco, what an embarrassment to all involved. Yes vote for Mr Ellesmere................will wait and see

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    Joseph Marshall

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Magic - Have you failed to see that in 2011 IBC approved a planning application to put a supermarket here ! So they are not the ones refusing it , Tesco aren't doing it , IBC have had nothing to do with it . The planning permission still stands for that site too .

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • use the space for an open market for now.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Perhaps the people moaning on here might want to consider the impact the store would have had on the town centre and for instance, the fact that the entire Novotel roundabout would have been signalised causing horrendous queues on all routes into town. The planners should be applauded for standing up for the best interests of the town for a change.

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    Magic

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • I.B.C... What a waste of an opportunity the piece of land in question would of been big enough to have built a state of the art bus terminus.. Spenhill Ipswich doesn't need anymore supermarkets. Were at saturation point.

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    soulboy

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Great.....that'll stay empty for another 10 years.... No one wants to invest in this town because the council is so backwards!

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    Mr DJ

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Would probably have made a good site for our new integrated bus station, bringing all the services together; within easy reach of the town centre, the waterfront, the Grafton Way leisure facilities, the railway station and the education quarter.. Oh well, too late for that now, we've spent all that money...!

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    mmm

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • @mmm Your right. IBC and SCC are retarded. Period.

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    Dataminer1

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

  • Nothing to do with the fact that IBC sold its old civic drive site to a developer who wants to develop that into a supermarket ? Oh and the police station will be for sale soon at the same location ! Mr Clement wants residential development down at Grafton way , what more empty flats ? Do not discourage investment in Ipswich IBC , the word will get about and then what ? GET A GRIP

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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