Retail giant Tesco has announced that it does not intend to appeal against the planning decision which put an end to its 13 year fight to build a supermarket in Hadleigh.

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In September, Babergh District Council refused the company’s bid to put a store on the former Brett works because “it would cause substantial harm to the High Street and the local economy, resulting in an adverse effect on the sustainability and viability of Hadleigh.”

Last night, Tesco issued a statement confirming that it would not take the decision to the Government’s planning inspectorate. The firm intends to enter into discussions with the local councils and the wider community about how the land – which it owns a substantial proportion of – can be used.

The news has been welcomed by people who campaigned against the store and by the town’s chamber of commerce.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We were disappointed by the refusal of our proposed store at the Brett Works site, particularly as the planning officers recommended the application for approval. We know a Tesco store would have created new investment and jobs for the area. However, we respect the democratic planning process and have decided not to appeal the committee’s decision. We own much of the property and are currently considering alternative uses for the site. We have let the Leader of the Council and Planning Committee know our decision and look forward to discussing further options for this property with the council and community.”

14 comments

  • CLEAN IT UP AND HOLD AN OPEN MARKET SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • When other shops in Hadleigh close, and they will, who will they blame now?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Hard Luck Hadleigh ! Just a few anti people have ruined it for the majority who would like a Tesco , really great !

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • The Toffs of Hadleigh enforced their opinion with the £80,000 campaign on every other person . They made it a BIG thing to be against Tesco . Speak to the normal citizens of Hadleigh and the surrounding villages who would like a competitive market in Haldeigh leading to lower prices and you will find the real answer . The poorer residents don't have any say in the situation . So someone wants figures , well they are not available . Having lived in Hadleigh i can only say what others say to me . The people who want the Tesco were not eloquent enough to put their thoughts forward and were sort of bullied by the "Campaign" where anyone objecting to the campaign was treated with disdain . It was like a Hadleigh Addiction effecting those that listened to the Campaigners . It is cheaper for residents to go to Sudbury and back to do their shopping

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • clean your piece of land up tesco and use it for an open market seven days a week.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Competition brings down prices not different stores , if Tesco wanted to it could out-discount all the discount stores and put them out of buisness . Thats what has been suggested to them by some financial commentators . Tesco only makes around 5% on its sales anyway , it could reduce this to 2% and your morrisons and aldi's lidls etc would start to dissappear . Tesco stores alter their prices dependant on the local competition . For example the one at Martlesham has customers coming from saxmundham as they haven't got one ! Their prices are not low becasue there is no competition there . there is also no real competition at Copdock , the same scenario there as people from Hadleigh go there . Tesco Clubcard usage is a fantastic tool to show Tesco where its customers come from etc . If Tesco had gone to Hadleigh their would be local competition with morrison and the co-op , this would have given the Store Manager a dilemma , sell stuff cheap or don't sell anything , Guess what he would do . Hadleigh lose out . But then the people who campaigned for it can afford it . They want to be like Aldburgh Southwold and Woodbridge afterall !

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • If the poorer residents of Hadleigh want cheaper prices why on earth would they want a Tesco? surely Aldi, Lidl et al would be better?

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    C Smith

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • have a nice weekend.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • so morrisons have done no damage to hadleigh shops ?the coop is a good clean shop but the divi is only paid out by over charging.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • tescos is NOT a cheap store, the morrisons people of all wealths, if they want cheap, get an ALDI

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    albert

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • Congratulations Hadleigh! A few anti people? Ha ha, that's a laugh, there are so few Tesco stores around to shop at in the region - & the UK, aren't there? Amazing how Tesco have suddenly decided that they 'respect the planning process', after spending 13 years fighting it here, tooth & nail!! A memorable victory for the people - for a welcome change!

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    The Main Man

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • I totally agree with all said by Poppys Dad. It became a trend to be "anti-Tesco", as it has in Felixstowe. Yet many of these people then get in their cars and drive to a Tesco Extra at Copdock, Martlesham etc. Their intransigent and insular NIMBY attitude has thus deprived their neighbours who may not have that flexibility. Of course that matters not to them. Felixstowe in my view is far worse off without the increased choice and competition that Tesco would have brought (plus tidied up a scrubland of ineffective land surrounded by roads). It would even have offered additional parking for the new Academy now being finished opposite when parents droppick up kids. The residents of Walton are now just beginning to realise that this nightmare will instead unfold on the same congested roads cited as a reason for no Tesco development. Big loselose! I'm sure the situation is similar in Hadleigh, reasoned development would have tidied up wasteland and brought increased choice and competition to what I consider to be quite a dull town! Felixstowe already has a Co-op and a Tesco in Hamilton Road (and now Poundland) plus Morrisons "out of town". The only shop losses in Hamilton Road have been totally unrelated specialist shops normally and often due to Council bungling and ineptitude. People want the convenient choice and cheapness of competition - but next door to somebody else!

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    Disbeliever

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • I take it you have figures to support your comment Poppys Dad?. Hadleigh is a nice place to visit, it has local shops and a large supermarket, Tesco would have sounded the death knoll for a lot of them. The comment on the news made me laugh it stated Tesco would "respect" the local opinion and withdraw, 13 years is a long time to take that view.

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    C Smith

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • if tesco want to leave there mark in hadleigh ,, tarmac the footpath between clopton gardens and benton street hadleigh.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, December 13, 2013

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