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Ipswich: Co-op store proposal for Three Jolly Sailors Pub site to go before planners

16:18 29 April 2014

The East of England Co-op submitted a proposal for a new shop in at the site of the Three Jolly Sailors pub on Handford Road, days after their store in Norwich Road was closed.

The East of England Co-op submitted a proposal for a new shop in at the site of the Three Jolly Sailors pub on Handford Road, days after their store in Norwich Road was closed.

A proposal to create a new Co-op convenience store on the site of a former Ipswich pub will go before planning chiefs tomorrow – and it looks set to be given the green light.


The company is applying to create a shop building on land in Handford Road which will include a 350sq m shop.

According to the design statement, the building will be of a traditional design and constructed using red bricks.

The Co-op applied to build a new store on the land, where the Three Jolly Sailors used to stand, in July but was refused because of issues including access and potential noise disturbance.

But the company has said in their proposal they are confident those concerns have been dealt with.

In a report, planners have been told: “The proposal would be acceptable having regard to retail impact and sequential assessment.

“Furthermore, the proposal would not detract from amenity or highway safety and would be acceptable in terms of its appearance.”

The report also said that it is not thought the proposal would have a “significant adverse impact” on the St Matthew’s Street and Bramford Road shopping areas or retailers in Norwich Road.

As well as the main shopping area, the building will also include a preparation area, staff amenities, cold stores and warehouse storage.

The initial application was submitted just days after the company announced it would be closing its store in Norwich Road, but a spokesman said the site had been acquired in 2012, before the decision on the Norwich Road store was made.

If it is given the go-ahead, the new store would create 26 jobs, which would be a mix of full and part time.

The proposal will be discussed by the borough council’s planning and development committee tomorrow.

It has been recommended for approval but with conditions.

To view the application, visit



  • Look on the bright side its 24 part time jobs going. These days many people have to hold down 2 or 3 jobs to make up a full time job in terms of hours, this means that it probably doesn't take anyone off the dole or create any new real job opportunities other than for the shop management. Competition is a good thing, I think its a good strategical move... but Lidl wont drop their prices, they are cheaper than everyone around... Tesco and Sainsburys also wont drop their prices.... but neither will the co-op. Its all about fleecing the overweight or lazy people who cannot be bothered to walk for a better deal. "Convenience". Their major concern is the novelty effect, trade will be good whilst people try the shiny new store... but will it still be going strong in 6 months time?

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • As previous comments have said with Lidl so close and a Tesco Express and a Sainsburys very near,why would anyone go to this Co-op?

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    Mary Mary

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • I have always found the co-op to be more expensive than other places so I cannot see this one being any different. With Lidl just down the road, I cannot see the locals changing their current shopping habits.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Once again the coop hypocrisy strikes. When Norwich Rd was lost due to the Emporor they cried how wrong it was to locate a same business nearby. Now they are doing the same.

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    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • 750 yards from from a tesco conveinience store, 200 yards from Lidl and 750 yards from Sainsburys....someone explain WHY a storte like this is needed!!?

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    Sentinel Red

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  • About 100m from a Lidl store. Hmm, I can't see anything going wrong with this plan!!

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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