Land owned by Tesco in Ropes Drive Kesgrave could be sold for community use

Ropes Drive Tesco land for sale in kesgrave.

Ropes Drive Tesco land for sale in kesgrave.

Land next to the Tesco store in Kesgrave could be used for community projects, if plans by the retailer to sell the space go through.

The store, in Ropes Drive, Kesgrave, has two plots of green land on either side of the building that have been largely unused for the last decade, prompting the store to open talks with potential buyers.

A spokesman from the store yesterday confirmed there were plans to sell the land, and added: “We are in discussions regarding the potential sale of the land, and will keep the local community updated.”

The retailer is in talks with Kesgrave Town Council, with potential uses raised at last month’s council meeting including a community cafe or play area. It is understood that Tesco has valued the land at £300,000, but the town council has undergone a process to establish an additional valuation.

A town council spokeswoman said: “The town council will discuss the outcome of the red book valuation and decide the next steps in conjunction with the detail contained within this document.”

The matter is due to be discussed at the full town council meeting on Monday. It is understood that the land could be put onto the open market if councillors were unable to commit, although a store spokesman was unable to confirm whether any developers had expressed an interest.