PROPOSALS to build a new Tesco supermarket at Grafton Way near Cardinal Park are due to be debated by the borough at the end of next month.

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The revised planning application is due to be on the agenda for the borough’s planning and development committee at its meeting on March 27.

The Ipswich Star understands that planning officers are likely to recommend councillors to approve the application.

Tesco was given planning permission to build a huge store on the site by the previous Conservative/Liberal Democrat administration in May 2010.

The application included a superstore with roof-top parking, flats, hotels, and other shop units. It was approved by the narrowest possible majority in the teeth of opposition from Labour councillors.

Labour now runs the borough, but the revised application is considerably scaled back from that proposed three years ago.

The store will sell food and other groceries – it will not be a superstore selling the whole range of Tesco products. And instead of more than 100 flats, the new proposal would see a small number of town houses on the site.

The site will also have two hotels and a small number of shop and cafe units.

The application is, however, likely to see a re-modelling of the road network between the Grafton Way and Novotel roundabouts which is likely to cause major disruption in the wake of the Travel Ipswich project..

If the application is approved, Tesco is likely to start work later in the year – and the new development should be finished in 2014.

Should the new Tesco be approved? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

11 comments

  • @ C Smith - What utter rubbish! Tescos have a few of the small express stores in Ipswich and that's it. There are no large stores or superstores in the borough of Ipswich. As it stands by your logic Waitrose actually owns more of Ipswich than Tescos do.

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    Scott Brock

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Good lord a few small stores in Ipswich and thats it!! Copdock is huge as is Martlesham, they may not be technically in Ipswich but for goodness sake they are hardly a million miles away, both being within easy reach on the main roads, we have 2 Asda, 1 Waitrose and a mini one, 1 Morrisons (for the time being) countless co-ops, 8 small Tescos AT THE MOMENT with more in the pipeline and I may be missing some here and at least the Co-op has ethics as does Waitrose and both try to give back to the community, the town centre will never thrive in this environment until they seriously limit what these shops can sell unless they are way out of town as they have taken over everything (think France, they have huge supermarkets but their towns thrive because they are protected by law) I can remember having a local Butcher, bakery and greengrocer all now gone, I cannot get into town during the week so have no choice but to use the supermarkets but if our town was not overrun by the big guns we would have more choice not less and more farmers would survive as they wouldn't be being so squeezed by them. Shoppers only have so much money to spend and saturating the area like this will not mean they have more it will just be spread more thinly, those of you who think you should be able to fall out of your door into a Tesco should think on as in years to come you will miss the peace, darkness and choice that WILL decline when they have taken every shoppers pound. And don't worry in the "wilds of the North" your day will come, you will lose the lovely green fields when the next load of houses go up, you will get your supermarket with its encompassing noise, traffic, litter et al.

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    C Smith

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • I'd rather it wasn't Tesco, but hey, at least it will bring people into town rather than the current crop of supermarkets which take them away from town. Also it's only selling food so it means there shouldn't be a huge impact on the town centre. At least people will be able to park up and go into town! Haven't people been asking for more parking?

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    Scott Brock

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Of course they will get permission, Tesco OWN Ipswich... Democracy and Free speech Opium for the masses. It will be interesting to see how long this message is still visible. 9.08am

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    C Smith

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Since when is traffic congestion become an issue. The Borough planners have been causing it for years. You can sail around the Princes Street roundabout but wait until the works has finished, it will be chaos. Anti motor car, anti Ipswich. Never mind we can all go to Norwich.

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    m01

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • C Smith is absolutely right - in the Ipswich area Tesco has two enormous Extra stores, one large Metro store and at least 4 Express stores - most of which are larger than local co-op stores. The store in Grafton Way is definitely not needed - it will take a large amount of money away from the CBD which is already hugely in decline, and will cause travel chaos in the already busy and contested one way system. Ipswich and its suburbs have two Sainsbury's, two Adsas, a Morrisons, two Aldi's, two Lidl's, a Waitrose and numerous large co-op stores, as well as the Tesco's presence. The town certainly does not need any other large stores!

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    alittlebitwoolly

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • I really like out of town stores but I don't think plans for this Tesco should be approved as its just not a big enough store now and will only sell food. I like to browse all the electrical and other hardware products when I visit Tesco so I for one will never shop there. The site should be used for other shops instead, an out of town Wilkinson, WHSmith, GAME, Maplin, Burtons, would be cool!

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    Simon Carter

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • And forgot to mention 2 large Sainsbury with small ones planned, 2 Lidl and 2 Aldi, absolutely ridiculous amount when you start adding them up. Pray tell me how all these giants "help" bring people into the town?

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    C Smith

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • How many more stores do Tesco need in the area - I can think of at least 6 (two of which are Tesco Extra stores). The other worrying aspect of this is the potential traffic disruption. We've already had massive unnecessary disruption at the Princes St roundabout - which is hugely unpopular. Now they want to cause more chaos. The road network is already fragile - it only takes minor delays to cause problems right round the town. No wonder the people don't want to come into town for shopping - the anti-car brigade definitely hold sway with the authorities.

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    Edward Kay

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Tesco "Own the Town" You mean like the Co-op used to. I live in North Ipswich, we have no supermarkets at all. We welcomed the prospect of a Waitrose at the Victoria Nursery's or another store at the old fire station. Both were thrown out for reasons I don't know. There's only one way to keep a thriving Town centre and that is to provide cheap and easy parking. Have you noticed how few people use Fonnereau Road since the metres were installed. People who were popping into town. They were making more money out of parking fines.

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    m01

    Friday, February 22, 2013

  • Simon Carter - this is not an out-of-town site - it's 5 minutes from the main shopping area. All of the things you suggest are already in the town centre, therefore having them on Grafton Way would cause them to close in the CBD, causing it to decline further. I also don't understand why the council are even considering plans for two more hotels, particularly with the new Premier Inn in the one-way system - are they expecting a sudden deluge of tourists wishing to visit the town? And I'm not sure more flats are needed in Ipswich either!

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    alittlebitwoolly

    Friday, February 22, 2013

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