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Felixstowe: Railway station superstore rejected by community leaders

PUBLISHED: 08:49 31 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:49 31 January 2013

An artist's impression of the superstore Albourne Property wants to build on old railway sidings behind homes in High Road West, Felixstowe.

An artist's impression of the superstore Albourne Property wants to build on old railway sidings behind homes in High Road West, Felixstowe.

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DEVELOPERS hoping to build a superstore in Felixstowe town centre have been dealt a huge blow today – after community leaders rejected the scheme.

Concerns over the impact on residents living closest to the project, worries about increased danger from changes to the Garrison Lane traffic lights junction, and night-time noise from delivery lorries were cited as the major objections.

Albourne Property plc has submitted plans for a 30,000 sq ft supermarket on a brownfield site, old railway sidings and nursery land, off Railway Approach.

It would have a transport interchange, and a 300-space car park.

Felixstowe Town Council’s plans committee agreed to recommend refusal for the scheme, but Suffolk Coastal council will make the final decision.

Councillors were told the superstore would be two metres higher than the two-storey houses in High Road West and only 1.5m from back garden fences.

Mayor Mike Deacon said: “I think this will have an appalling impact on the quality of life of residents living next to it.

“How many of us would want to wake up every morning, pull back the curtains and look out onto that. It’s unacceptable.”

Councillor Doreen Savage said the scheme was an overdevelopment of the site and “totally unacceptable”, while councillor Kimberley Williams said it was “wholly unreasonable” to have a solid building wall one metre from property boundaries.

Lorries would enter the delivery yard at the store from Garrison Lane, through what is currently a business selling sheds and cabins, and leave directly onto High Road West just a few yards from the traffic lights.

Mr Deacon said: “I am absolutely appalled – it is horrendous and I cannot understand the mentality of anyone proposing such movements at a traffic light junction.”

In reports presented to councillors, Albourne Property said a series of discussions had taken place with district and county councils in the preparation of its plans. The scheme would bring up to 300 jobs and extra business for the town centre, removing the need for people to travel to superstores on the Ipswich fringe.

6 comments

  • 300 new jobs for the town, and rates for the council, they could maybe even use those to reduce the rates having to be paid on the main street by struggling businesses. From the picture doesn't look like all the houses along the road will have the actual building behind their garden fence. I'm sure some recompense could be forthcoming. The site is an eyesore as it is. No wonder Felixstowe main street is dieing when we got a council that won't agree to new investment that could benefit us all.

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    Tifflet

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Usual bluster and pomposity from the town councillors - how about trying to do something positive to get business into the town instead of being constant naysayers. Do they really need to use such extreme language to condemn the proposals? It shows a fundamental lack of professionalism.

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    paul

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Thank God! This is the wrong scheme in the wrong place. Yes, it is an eyesore currently, so is the answer to squeeze in a Supermarket with all the traffic, deliveries, noise, congestion, etc? Absolutely not! The area is to small and in the wrong place, surely thats obvious? Town Councillors have acted wisely and correctly - and totally professionally in answer to Paul - who obviously lives nowhere near the site and cares nothing for those that do!

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    Weary Traveller

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • This site was always going to be a worry for every one. why squeeze such a big building into a small space. Lets just hope the new Tesco superstore gets more in favour the walton green site is much bigger and ideal situated for the entrance and the exit for the store. Please come and join the facebook page say YES to Tesco in Felixstowe and contact SCDC quote ref number C130058 & C130059 email SCDC: d.c.admin@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk or simply follow this link: http:www.waltongreen.co.ukhave-your-say.aspx

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    Antony Perkins

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • The developers have already changed their minds on the total of jobs that would be created from 300 to 80 full time and 80 part time under half of the original mentioned and that figure is probably plucked from the sky. Well done to the town councilors for seeing common sense, even if this application was to get the go ahead it is very doubtful if any retailer would ever take it up as the whole site does not work with it's constraints.

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    Alan Smith

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • The site in question may look an eyesore because that’s what the developers intend it to look like, a few years ago mature healthy trees were felled for no reason at all only to make way and prepare for this development that may never take place. The site has also been identified as being only 40% the size a retailer would expect for a store of this vast scale, so yes the councillors did act correctly and in a professional manner.

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    Mr.Andy Giles

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

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