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Poll: Store wars under way as first of two Felixstowe supermarket projects is submitted

12:14 03 December 2012

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An artist's impression of the new superstore at the old railways sidings behind homes in High Road West, Felixstowe.

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ON your marks, get set, go . . . the race to build Felixstowe’s new superstore is today under way.

Albourne Property plc has formally submitted plans for a 30,000 sq ft supermarket on a brownfield site, old railway sidings close to the town centre, and the planning clock is now ticking with public consultation under way.

No operator has been chosen for the store yet, but the developers say it will bring 80 full-time and 80 part-time jobs, plus hundreds of construction jobs.

In two to three weeks’ time, the Walton Green Partnership will submit its plans for a 30,000 sq ft store on greenfield land, a 30-acre field in Walton High Street. It would also bring hundreds of new jobs.

In theory, both projects could get the go-ahead, but it is more likely it will be just one of them – campaigners are against both, saying they will each provide far more supermarket floorspace than Suffolk Coastal’s plans say the resort needs in the next 15 years.

Albourne Property’s site sits next to the railway station and behind homes in High Road West. It stretches to the Garrison Lane bridge – delivery lorries would enter the site at the traffic lights, while Station Approach would be widened to cope with extra car traffic. Improvements would be made to passenger facilities at the station.

It would be built on two storeys with part of the 300-space car park at ground floor level.

A spokesman for Albourne Property said: “The provision of an additional supermarket in Felixstowe will reduce the leakage of trade from the area.

“Retail studies undertaken indicate that a significant proportion of local residents currently visit other towns for their food shopping. A significant proportion of future customers will therefore benefit from shorter journeys for their food shopping resulting in substantive journey savings for the catchment area.”

13 comments

  • Completely agree with biggles the pilot, the land by the railway station is just not big enough or viable for such a huge gigantic store, the roads around it also just wont take the extra traffic as it already backs up in every direction at the traffic lights now and to put a goods entrance right on the corner of the busiest junctions in Felixstowe where women and children walk to school is just sheer madness. If people want to further demise our town center with the closure of more shops then these proposals will certainly achieve that.

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    Alan Smith

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Yes, yes, yes to as many competitors as possible. Roast the complacent Hamilton Road shops, some of which still believe in early closing days, for goodness sake !! Biggles, old boy, your ancient flying machine is just so last century.

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    cwayconslt

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • This compainies always say it will bring jobs but how many will we lose from other shops. We already have plenty of supermarkets in town and there can only be so much business. Building two more will only take business away form the others and if there isn't enough for them all which i sure there won't be some will close leaving huge empty building and job loses.

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    Jacqueline Norlem

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Bring it on we want both. Tesco store at walton green site and asda at garrison lane site. Both would be great for felixstowe and every one would benefit from the stores. Please join facebook page if you wanting the tesco store. Its called say YES to tesco felixstowe

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    Antony Perkins

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Completely agree with biggles the pilot, the land by the railway station is just not big enough or viable for such a huge gigantic store, the roads around it also just wont take the extra traffic as it already backs up in every direction at the traffic lights now and to put a goods entrance right on the corner of the busiest junctions in Felixstowe where women and children walk to school is just sheer madness. If people want to further demise our town center with the closure of more shops then these proposals will certainly achieve that.

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    Alan Smith

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Completely agree with biggles the pilot, the land by the railway station is just not big enough or viable for such a huge gigantic store, the roads around it also just wont take the extra traffic as it already backs up in every direction at the traffic lights now and to put a goods entrance right on the corner of the busiest junctions in Felixstowe where women and children walk to school is just sheer madness. If people want to further demise our town center with the closure of more shops then these proposals will certainly achieve that.

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    Alan Smith

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Construction jobs will NOT go to locals. They never do. That's a fact which goes under-reported. The building firms whether UK owned or IrishAmerican or French will bring in the cheapest subbies from anywhere and everywhere and those jobs will be for just a few months at most. The local sandwich and coffee shops might get a few pounds from the temporary building crew but that's all.

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    Steve Blake

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • I do think the one at station approach is the better because it uses a brown field site, whilst the other uses prime agricultural land

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    zaax

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • YES YES YES to both store's we dont have much done here apart from charity shops coffee shops and card shops and estate agents and solar way to expensive and many people travel out of town to do there shopping.we dont have descent clothe shop's especially for children.felixstowe needs more stores the population in our town is growing JUST GET ON WITH THE BUILD. please join facebook page called say YES to tesco felixstowe if you agree and leave comments

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    Sue Perkins

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • We do not need either. And certainly not the Felixstowe one. We have got Solar already there. And what about the houses that are there. Absolutely ridiculous. What do other people think. Dead against any of them.

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    biggles the pilot

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Oh dear, Biggles !! Things move on, the population of Felixstowe is growing, and the prices at Solar are way above those at other supermarkets. Competition is a necessity of life, part of the struggle to survive, don't you know. Biggles' aircraft technology is way out of date he needs to get a few jets and rockets methinks.

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    cwayconslt

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Shops have been closing ever since the council raised the business rates,last year.I didnt see any one voicing there concernes then!!! I live in trimley and would gladly welcome a tescos at walton, I could then walk there rather than drive to morrisons, or to a disapointing Solar with its high prices and poor choice,

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    MARTYN GREGORY

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • I am afraid that we will get one of the two and for me it should be the one near the town centre. At least this will mean people will be parking near the town centre and they ‘MAY’ go into town after shopping in the supermarket and pickup other items from specialist shops. Walton Green if that gets built will kill both Felixstowe and Walton high streets. As said by other only so much business to go around.

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    A Smith

    Monday, December 3, 2012

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