Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 16°C

Search

Ipswich: Discount store B&M withdraws controversial planning application for store at Ransomes Euro Retail Park

PUBLISHED: 15:28 21 May 2014 | UPDATED: 15:28 21 May 2014

B and M Home Store in Ransomes Europark,Ipswich.

B and M Home Store in Ransomes Europark,Ipswich.

Sarah Lucy brown

The controversial planning application by discount retailer B&M to relax planning restrictions on its store on Ransomes Euro Retail park has been withdrawn from today’s meeting of the borough’s planning committee.

There is now expected to be more negotiations between the retailer and the borough before a new application is submitted.

B&M, which also has a store at Copdock Mill, opened last May in the former Next unit at Ransomes – however council regulations say only bulky goods can be sold from the retail park.

If the company does not get a change in the condition – or removes all the non-bulky items from its shelves – it could eventually face legal action from the authority.

Council officers had said the application should be rejected in a bid to protect the town centre. It said a discount store like B&M – whose chairman is former Tesco chief Sir Terry Leahy – should look at the former Co-op department store in Carr Street or develop the former Civic Centre site.

However a web poll we ran last week attracted hundreds of hits – and two thirds backed B&M to carry on trading at its current location despite fears it could damage the town centre.

B&M sells goods ranging from tins of baked beans to a double bed and has been expanding rapidly across the country over recent years.

The Liverpool-based chain now has 370 stores and is continuing to expand.

There is no firm indication of what the next move in the stand-off between the company and the borough’s planners might be – or when the issue might be resolved.

Police today said the driver who died after a collision between two lorries and a car on the A140 at Mendlesham was from the Ipswich area.

The family of a 24-year-old new mother who suffered a severe brain injury while under the care of Ipswich Hospital say they are dismayed with the outcome of an independent investigation.

The Suffolk BME Business Awards are back for 2017 - and nominations are now open.

Olympian Victoria Pendleton suited up in full body armour to try her hand at jousting in the grounds of a Suffolk castle.

The company which runs Foxhall Stadium today pleaded guilty to jeopardising the safety of the public at the speedway and banger racing venue.

The mother of missing Corrie McKeague has said thank you to the “incredible” army of thousands of people who pressured police into halting a landfill cell from being filled in.

A team of Suffolk social workers are preparing to realise a shared ambition of conquering Britain’s highest peaks, while raising funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Jesse Webb can be forgiven for not remembering the final score of the first football match he attended the year was 1923 and he was only a six-year-old.

NHS job vacancies in the east of England in the first quarter of 2017 have reached 8,612 - an increase of 13% on the year before.

Campaigners are preparing for a big battle with the government to try to get funding for a major upgrade on one of the most important rail junctions in Suffolk.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24