Ipswich: Further delays over Tesco at Grafton Way

An artist's impression of the planned Grafton Way Tesco development
ES 22.8.12

An artist's impression of the planned Grafton Way Tesco development ES 22.8.12 - Credit: Contributed

Proposals to build a large new Tesco store on Grafton Way have been delayed yet again.

The retail giant’s revised planning application for the proposed store has been delayed yet again – it will not be considered by the borough until May at the earliest.

The original application for a huge superstore with flats, hotels, and smaller stores alongside it was granted in early 2010 despite strong objections.

Since then the work was held up by legal actions – and then Tesco decided to re-draw its plans, proposing a smaller store and a limited number of town houses rather than a large block of flats.

The new proposal was welcomed by many people – but the planning application has been delayed several times before reaching the borough’s planning and development committee.

It had been due to be heard in March – but was not ready then and will not be on the agenda for this month’s committee.

A spokesman for Tesco said the company was looking forward to the planning committee meeting.

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Meanwhile the Ipswich Society has written to the borough repeating its objections to the proposal – which it fears will hit the town centre.

It fears the new store would add nothing to the central core of the town centre and would not attract new shoppers to the town. It also fears the development will attract vehicles to new walkways beside the river.

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