July 26 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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 www.ipswich.gov.uk.