Walton Green: Options considered for Tesco store site

A computer-generated image of the Tesco superstore proposed for Walton Green at Felixstowe. A computer-generated image of the Tesco superstore proposed for Walton Green at Felixstowe.

Richard Cornwell richard.cornwell@archant.co.uk
Monday, February 10, 2014
12:09 PM

Landowners are looking at the future options for a 30-acre field which had been earmarked for a new Tesco superstore.

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Suffolk Coastal councillors rejected proposals from the Walton Green Partnership for the 30,000sq ft supermarket plus around 200 homes, business units, café, community building and allotments on the land off Walton High Road, Felixstowe.

Tesco has not yet decided whether to lodge an appeal against the decision.

However, landowners Trinity College, Cambridge, are now looking at future options for the site while pursuing other linked development in the area.

This week the college was granted consent for 190 homes on a 12.7-acre field opposite Walton Green.

Tim Collins, of Bidwells, agents for the college and managers of its landholdings on the Felixstowe peninsula, said the college was considering the future of the Tesco land.

He said: “No decisions have been made at the moment and the site is still under consideration.

“The next step is the planning consent for the new premises for the Felixstowe Rifle Club, which is a key part of what happens on the Walton Green site in the future.”

Councillors refused the Tesco store for a variety of reasons, including its potential impact on the shops in Walton, loss of top quality farmland to commercial development, and the site not being the best for a new superstore for the town.

They decided Felixstowe needed only one new large supermarket and also rejected plans for an Asda at Haven Exchange, but agreed a 30,000sq ft store, for which no operating company has been identified, on land next to the town’s rail station.

Planning officers have indicated publicly that the Walton Green site could be used totally for homes.

If it was suitable for 400 to 500 properties that would provide a big chunk of the 1,760 new homes needed in Felixstowe by 2027.

Moving the century-old rifle club from its current firing range on the edge of the land is key to any development of the site.

On Monday, Suffolk Coastal’s south area development management sub committee is recommended to approve plans for a new state-of-the-art premises for the club off Nicholas Road, Trimley St Mary. The development will include a clubhouse and a indoor and outdoor rifle ranges.

There would be four ranges for shooting – one 50m and one 100-yard outdoor range for use by members shooting 0.22 rifles only, a third indoor range for air rifles and a fourth for all other gun types.

There would be a combined club house and armoury, and the club’s existing air gun range, part funded by Sport England Lottery Fund, is to be dismantled and relocated on the new site.

Planning case officer Liz Beighton said: “Whilst the club currently have a facility, which meets their requirements, it is on land outside of their control and on a site which is identified by the current landowner as having development potential.

“The loss of the club would be most unfortunate locally, regionally and nationally. It provides a very valuable facility and every effort should be made to help secure its retention.”

11 comments

  • why sell the land to tesco in the first place , the same thing happened in hadleigh.they know tesco want to build a store when they buy the land , tesco have a strong case to sue i would have thought.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Retaining farmland to feed a growing population? Given the priorities of our Councillors this is a logical solution with absolutely no chance of success!

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    Grumpy Git

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • My question would be this: WHY have we GOT to have anything built on the site? We don't have enough different shops in Felixstowe as it is let alone having yet another supermarket and potentially 400 homes! Tell me what are these people going to do for recreation? Where are they going to shop? We already have dozens of EMPTY shops in the town why can they not be used for anything useful? We DON'T need yet another supermarket and certainly not a tescos, has anyone ever counted the tescos we already have within 15 miles of felixstowe? There must be at least 8 or 9! Do we really need any more? What about a little variety?

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    expizzaman1980

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • For Gods sake not a cheap old tat ASDA! Bet the anti-Tesco mob are really looking forward to all the extra traffic that 400-500 homes would bring? Naturally the depleted shopping facilities couldn't cope so even more trundling over to Martlesham or Warren Heath! What short-sighted selfish Nimbyism they showed!

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    Disbeliever

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Tesco is dirty, expensive and old-fashioned. Make it an ASDA and we have a deal!

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    TrollFace

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Retaining farmland to feed a growing population? Given the priorities of our Councillors this is a logical solution with absolutely no chance of success!

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    Grumpy Git

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • what this person from Trimley wants is a large supermarket 1 min down the road called tesco or asda or even sainsburys, i don't mind tbh i just want it near trimleywalton, i don't go shopping in town because they dont have anything on my list ever, i don't go to walton because they dont have anything on my list.i need a large store

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    Gillian Read

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • What about some long term employment in manufacturing? Say a traffic light factory?

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    Citizen

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Heres and idea why not keep it as farmland .

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    Jacqueline Norlem

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I would like to know how it would make a impact on the walton shops would be a good thing to bring people into walton. Walton green is the best place for a new store and other outlets No one wants to travel out of Felixstowe to do there shopping but we have to as nothing Felixstowe has for us

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    Antony Perkins

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • With all those new houses to be built at Walton, my money is on Tesco succeeding on Appeal. Watch this space !!

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    felixstoweblue

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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