December 5 2013 Latest news:
BY RICHARD CORNWELL, Felixstowe editor
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A NEW date has been announced for a special meeting for councillors to consider proposals for a multi-million pound new superstore close to the town centre.
Albourne Property plc has submitted plans for a 30,000 sq ft supermarket on a brownfield site, old railway sidings off Railway Approach in Felixstowe.
In addition, plans have been lodged for a similar size Tesco superstore at Walton Green – but this will not be on the agenda and will be discussed at a future meeting.
Felixstowe Town Council will give its views to Suffolk Coastal, which will make the final decision, on the Albourne Property plan after the meeting of its plans committee on Wednesday, January 30 at 9.30am.
A high level of interest from residents is expected and so the meeting will be held at Walton Community Hall.
“The normal plans committee protocol will apply, with the meeting open to members of the public, with no right of speech at the town council plans committee – though it is available at the district council development control meeting,” said a town council spokeswoman.
“Any written representations to the plans committee with regard to this application should be addressed to the clerk Caroline Barrett and will be copied for plans committee members to consider during their overall consideration of the planning application.”
No operator has been chosen for the store yet, but the developers say it will bring 80 full-time and 80 part-time jobs, plus hundreds of construction jobs.
The development site is two acres between the railway line and the rear of homes in High Road West. It stretches to the Garrison Lane bridge, where delivery lorries would enter the site at the traffic lights, while Station Approach would be widened to cope with extra car traffic. Improvements would also be made to rail passenger facilities.
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