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Felixstowe: Railway station superstore gets the go-ahead – Tesco and Asda left disappointed

PUBLISHED: 10:44 20 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:44 20 September 2013

An computer-generated image of the 30,000sq ft superstore given the go-ahead next to Felixstowe railway station.

An computer-generated image of the 30,000sq ft superstore given the go-ahead next to Felixstowe railway station.

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Tesco suffered a double blow as the supermarket giant saw a second superstore project rejected in just two days.

Tesco suffered a double blow as the supermarket giant saw a second superstore project rejected in just two days.

Councillors had three applications for superstores in Felixstowe on the table – and refused a £45million proposal for a Tesco and a £12m scheme from Asda.

Instead, they gave the go-ahead for a new 30,000sq ft store and transport interchange on land next to the town’s railway station.

No operator has been named for the store, but David Prichard, agent for developers Albourne Property, said two national grocery retailers were interested in taking on the site. The scheme would create up to 350 jobs.

For Tesco, it was the second refusal this week – coming a day after they lost their battle to build a store in Hadleigh.

Hundreds of objections had been made against the scheme, which also included 200 homes plus a cafe, community building, business and live-work units, on the 30-acre Walton Green site in Walton High Street.

After the meeting, Tim Collins, agent for the Walton Green Partnership, said it would now be reviewing the situation.

Officers had recommended approval for the Railway Approach site, saying the store would be the most likely of the three to bring benefits to the town centre, increasing footfall and spending.

Felixstowe councillor Andy Smith supported the building of a new superstore for the town and felt the Railway Approach site was the best of the three proposed, would encourage people to shop in the town and the jobs would be very welcome.

He said: “People have got into the habit of going to Ipswich to shop for certain items and that’s an easy but dangerous habit to get into.

“We need to get people focused on shopping in Felixstowe.

“When money is paid across the counter probably half of it goes on wages, and it is more likely that money earned by people working in a

supermarket here will be

spent in Felixstowe and that can only be a good thing for the town.”

But the scheme was not welcomed by everyone. Felixstowe councillor Kimberley Williams questioned whether the there was a need for a new store at all when the resort had five supermarkets already. She voiced fears about traffic and extra danger at the Garrison Lane traffic lights.


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