OPPONENTS have today pledged to fight proposals for a Tesco superstore all the way – fearing it could have a huge impact on the viability of many town centre shops.

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Walton Green

The proposed development comprises:

■ A 30,000sq ft Tesco foodstore

■ 170 to 200 new homes

■ 17 business units

■ Cafe

■ Three live/work units

■ Allotments

■ Community building

■ Demolition of the rifle club and range

Consultation is now under way on the Walton Green Partnership’s bid for a 30,000sq ft supermarket as part of a mixed development on a 30-acre field in Walton High Street, Felixstowe.

The partnership – Tesco and landowners Trinity College, Cambridge – have been working on the controversial plans for three years.

The aim is for a scheme which provides “new homes as well as jobs, services and community facilities”. It is estimated that 250 to 300 new jobs could be provided.

Over the past few months a masterplan has been developed in conjunction with input from English Heritage and Suffolk Coastal planning officers.

“The vision for the mixed use scheme is to provide a high quality and sustainable mixed use environment that integrates into the existing fabric of Walton,” said the partnership.

“The food store is located close to the High Street to act as an ‘anchor’ in retail terms to draw more people to use the existing retail opportunities within Walton.”

The partnership says the store will claw back trade lost to Felixstowe by people travelling out of town to do their main shop and encourage people to shop local.

But opponents, including campaign group Felixstowe Walton Community First and Felixstowe Chamber of Trade, are deeply concerned that the store will have a huge impact on the resort’s town centre and shops in Walton High Street, cutting footfall, hitting business and leading to some shop closures.

Campaigners are meeting this week to discuss their battle plan with people having just a month to register objections.

Roy Gray, of the campaign group, said: “There are an awful lot of documents to go through and we are meeting this week to discuss the application.

“Then we will advise our supporters how to object and on what terms to be most effective.”

5 comments

  • I agree with the other two posts I will be pleased if tesco builds a new store in Walton we have no car so I order on line sometimes I would prefer to go to a shop I would still go to the bakers for my bread and the butchers for my meat. tescos in the town is useless it's too small.

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    45jen

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Yes, we all value the existing shops in Felixstowe but they are ever changing, new shops opening, old ones closing, more charity shops moving in along with a large pasta chain!!! thats just the current market we live in at the moment, the 'nature of the beast' if you like. We have a Tesco on the high street (do we know if that will close if the new one opens???) which I never use as they don’t have a car park so you can roll your trolley up to your car, I couldn't carry a weeks shopping a couple of hundred yards to the local car park. Instead, I either shop online and they deliver it to me (from their Copdock Store) at a time that suits me or I drive to Martlesham and strut my stuff up and down the rows of shelves containing many wonderful and varied items. I would much rather pop to a Tesco in Walton after work, park outside, do my weekly shop, load it in my car and pop home again just in time to catch the 6 o’clock news. That won’t stop me from going to the butchers for quality meat, WHSmith’s for cards, charity shops for bargains, estate agents for houses, coffee shops (take your pick) for coffee, local florist for flowers etc etc etc – I don’t think im alone in my shopping habits I just think it’s a matter of “Not In My Back Yard” for some people, and to be fair, who can blame them, but the current objection of ‘everything else will close’ is wearing a little think now and they need some better grounds I feel. I lived here all my life and seen a lot of change, some for good and some for the worse, but ultimately that’s CHANGE for you. I’ll ask a question of all of the FWCF & FCofT – can they all honestly say they didn’t do any online shopping for Christmas presents? I bet they did, Amazon perhaps for a cheeky DVD or Xbox game – you can get these locally, but you would pay more!

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    Homeofstowe

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • I can only see this as a good thing for felixstowe.Walton community first need to get with the times. The population of this town is growing and more and more shops are closing who's fault is that the council. If we dont get this store felixstowe will end up being a ghost town. Bring the new store on come and join our facebook page say YES to Tesco in Felixstowe. We need more in favour then objection. please contact SCDC and leave your comments why your in favour C130058 & C130059 d.c.admin@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk Letters : Head of Planning Services,Suffolk Coastal District Council,Melton Hill,Woodbridge,Suffolk IP12 1AU. Here is the link https:www.facebook.comgroups339074659520869

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    Antony Perkins

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • This proposal would be a disaster for Felixstowe if it is passed. Felixstowe will become a ghost town, and everything (not only the High Street) will close. Walton in particular will be awful. Firstly, if you can walk to the proposed store you'll be virtually living in a car park. Felixstowe, Walton and Trimley will be gridlocked most of the day. By night you'll have the noise of deliveries. The traffic fumes will be a silent killer for the children in the schools; asthma rates will soar. The employment in Felixstowe will plummet; the promised jobs amount to a few casual (and sackable) minimum wage posts. And they would be ripping up farmland to do it. Felixstowe doesn't need Tesco or it's horseburgers. We have three supermarkets already, and there's a proposal for a fourth. This isn't NIMBY, which is wanting something useful to be put somewhere else. No-one, (including the Government), believes in these massive superstores anymore. This is about protecting a town which has character, and yet has beautiful countryside to enjoy also. Felixstowe has survived two world wars. It won't survive this.

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    David

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • All this opposition to more superstores in Felixstowe is tantamount to "fiddling while Rome burns". The superstores have not arrived yet but shops are closing down regularly in Walton and Felixstowe, probably because of too high rents, too high business rates, poor retail management (e.g. early closing days !!) and internet competition. So, tell me this, will the arrival of the "dreaded superstores" solve any of the problems above? My belief is that it will have no effect whatsoever. The landlords and the councils will remain consistent in their greediness, and the internet will not go away because an inefficient retailer wants it to. If the councils and the landlords were to cut their rents and rates in half, and if the retailers were to price their goods as competitively as the internet, then Felixstowe "High Street" businesses would have a chance. Otherwise the superstores and the internet will dance on their graves.

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    cwayconslt

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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