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What would you like to see in Anglia Retail Park?

12:56 03 February 2016

B & Q Anglia Retail Park

B & Q Anglia Retail Park

Businesses have expressed interest in filling the B&Q premises in Anglia Retail Park, Ipswich.

It is understood that the store will be closed by June this year, with businesses already having shown an interest in the site.

Among those reported to have shown an interest are B&M, which currently has a store in The Sandlings off Ransomes Europark, and toy chain Smyths.

What would you like to see fill the premises? Share your thoughts below or email newsroom@archant.co.uk.

44 comments

  • An ikea would be fantastic, we don't need any more sofa, b & m, electrical or cheap shops bring something descent to the town which will also attract people from further afield.

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    Mikaela Noble

    Monday, February 8, 2016

  • I would like to see a furniture store Ipswich does not have, sofaworks

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    john

    Sunday, February 7, 2016

  • A hobbycraft store would be amazing for us. Rafters out here who have to travel a long way to get good deals. IKEA would be amazing too.

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    Penny Parker

    Sunday, February 7, 2016

  • Id like to see a hobbycraft .

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    doublejlisa

    Sunday, February 7, 2016

  • I would like to see a park and ride or maybe a comet or land of leather , if they could fit in a b & q that would also be nice. Failing all that my choice would be a traffic light wholesalers , as I think they could squeeze in a few hundred more around town.

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    traffic lights

    Sunday, February 7, 2016

  • As ever my comment is just my opinion. How about this building being used by the NHS Supply Chain currently based in Bury? The access to all the main routes from here is perfect. The Bury site is currently hanging in the balance due to Burys very silly Vision2031 project. The NHS Suply Chain, is a vital service that gets totally overlooked by all, have you heard of it? They supply every hospital, doctors, clinic, dentists etc.. in the whole of East Anglia. They have held the contract to supply these services since 2006, in that time they have saved the NHS in excess of 1billion pounds. This money has been ploughed back into the NHS, providing Nurses, Doctors, vital equipment etc.. The NHS Supply Chain is one of the most important cogs in the NHS wheel. I think you may agree that this service helps us all. Better than a glorified pound shop!

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    richie w

    Sunday, February 7, 2016

  • How about consolidating the really hard to access B&Q site at Ransomes with this one? After all the whole area around Ransomes is becoming more and more clogged with every brick layed in that area. Some days parking to access any of the stores in Ransomes is almost impossible. The Anglia site has ample parking, no brainer surely? As for another BM, come on do we really need more tat shops, no!

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    richie w

    Sunday, February 7, 2016

  • Home Bargains

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    soldout

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • Demolish the lot and turn in back into agricultural use.

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    Newsmaster Excalibur

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • Waspie's wife....Personally I'd like to see more of the big shops back in town, a bigger M&S, a big NEXT, a John Lewis. modern womenswear to add to River Island, like Mango and Zara. WE have far too many phone shops, charity shops and pound shops. Balance is wrong. If this council, like many others continue to take trade away from the town with the retail parks, then I'd like something on par with the other side of Ipswich. An M&S food and clothes, A large Next an Ikea store, possibly Dunelm or the Range....Accessible by bus from Norwich Road and some of the estates. The areas away from Whitton seem to be forgotten about.

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    waspie

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • Any chance of a Swimming Complex like the one in Colchester?? The Colchester Leisure Centre is busy throughout the year and families love it! A town the size of Ipswich can keep Crown Pools and a larger leisure at the same time. No more empty shops!!!

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    Chopper Hammond

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • @Sully A The permission for a mezzanine was refused as the Council believed it would have added unnecessary additional floorspace when there are adequate units in the Town Centre that could have offered this floorspace instead. It's similar to a situation in 2007 where B&Q wanted to downgrade their site and sub-divide into 3 separate units with the addition of an M&S and a JJB Sports Health Club - both pulled out as a result of the Council's constant "negative attitude".

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    DP

    Friday, February 5, 2016

  • Ok here goes the list would be in preferance, Ikea (unlikely), Smyths (interested Ipswich planning committe needs to do anything within reason as they are a very good shop), small DIY shop (looking at you Grahams, Wicks both on sites unsuitable for DIY Traffic) The Range and all those on the site off Handford Rd (appalling place to have those types of stores with heavy car use, do deal with owners of Site re planning permission for Housing to encourage, the same goes for the Ranleigh Rd site which again is a nightmare). As to the Sugar Beet Site. That has specificaly been bought by IBC so it does not end up as another out of Town Retail Park as Ipswich has enough of those. It is being developed as a Commercial hopefully high tech industrial Park not retail. The type of shopping that these stores generate needs good access exactly what the B&Q site has, just off a major A road with a major junction. What we do not want is dfithering allowing the site to deteriate with pop up shops etc. IBC need to push hard with the Owner to get people in, if that means financial incentives so be it.

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    The Ginge

    Friday, February 5, 2016

  • I agree an IKEA would be great for the town. Also if the Range were relocated as the current store is a nightmare to access. Why can't the unit have permission for a mezzanine? - it's not like it alters the façade. The new restaurants at Nacton and the Martlesham retail parks are always heaving especially at weekends. People WILL shop if they have somewhere decent to go. The council need to carefully consider whether they want this area to become more of a ghost town than it is

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    SullyA

    Friday, February 5, 2016

  • IKEA would be best. If you want toys, go to Toys R Us at Copdock. If you want electrical goods, go to CurrysPC World also at Copdock, if you want sports stuff go to Sports Direct on Ransomes. Isn't Norwich IKEA just a click and collect point?? Lakeside is just too far.

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    Fill-a-stein

    Friday, February 5, 2016

  • Perhaps its time that instead of a very narrow minded Ipswich vision group that's solely concentrating on the waterfront ! we expand our thoughts to a greater Ipswich group that concentrates on the whole of greater Ipswich because more and more fringe sites are popping up on the outskirts of the town and they generally pick affluent areas to place their large showrooms.. its obvious that anyone who has tried to make a go of it on the anglia retail site have struggled as stores placed in affluent areas have creamed off the sales.. so more retail I doubt that would work there... a school , a hospital they are sensible choices but housing is top of the governments list and I see housing as the only solution here...for me a parcel and distribution centre and move whats left of royal mail from commercial road here so that the very important commercial road site can be developed..every thing is being delivered by vans these days and a distribution hub would be ideal here.

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    deeber

    Friday, February 5, 2016

  • Lisa Howard

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

  • Sports goods or Electrical goods store or perhaps a decent (not fast food) restaurant.

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    Chewy

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

  • Smyths Toys were to take the unit adjacent Carpet Right until the Council refused the installation of a mezzanine floor inside. Pets at Home were to also take a unit, but opted for Martlesham instead. B&M were to take the Comet unit, but went to Copdock. There will be a struggle to find interest in the B&Q site unless it is divided up into smaller units. However there was a masterplan a few years back for the entire site to be redeveloped into a business park and new bus depot. As for access to Suffolk Retail Park, queuing will soon become a thing of the past, as the access to the site is soon to be reconfigured with the addition of an extra lane exiting the site and also...... TRAFFIC LIGHTS!

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    DP

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

  • A nice big site next to the A14 and struggling to get any big stores to trade there. Even the park and ride could not attract motorists . So it makes you wonder why Ipswich Council are going to waste £20 million plus on a contaminated derelict sugar beet factory on a flood plain. Build another hospital on this B & Q wasteland !!!!!

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    chantry

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

  • I can't help but thinking that Suffolk Retail Park would be more suited to residential, as the traffic there is quite bad. Or serious money needs to be spent to improve access to the park. It has become a victim of its own success in that regard. As for B&Q, I'm sure Ikea would be very popular and definitely is a crowd-draw- but it would remain to be seen whether they would take a gamble on Ipswich, especially given that, as a destination shop, residents from Ipswich would generally be happy to travel to either Norwich or Lakeside to visit Ikea as it stands. A Decathlon could also be a crowd-draw, but not sure the population catchment is big enough for them. I could see Smyths moving there, another B&M would be a shame. As for the comment in regards to the council renting out units- why would they be getting directly involved in renting out units not owned by them exactly?!!

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    IpswichBristol

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

  • I can't help but thinking that Suffolk Retail Park would be more suited to residential, as the traffic there is quite bad. Or serious money needs to be spent to improve access to the park. It has become a victim of its own success in that regard. As for B&Q, I'm sure Ikea would be very popular and definitely is a crowd-draw- but it would remain to be seen whether they would take a gamble on Ipswich, especially given that, as a destination shop, residents from Ipswich would generally be happy to travel to either Norwich or Lakeside to visit Ikea as it stands. A Decathlon could also be a crowd-draw, but not sure the population catchment is big enough for them. I could see Smyths moving there, another B&M would be a shame. As for the comments regarding the 'council renting out units', I am not sure why they would be getting involved in renting out privately owned space?

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    IpswichBristol

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

  • I can't help but thinking that Suffolk Retail Park would be more suited to residential, as the traffic there is quite bad. Or serious money needs to be spent to improve access to the park. It has become a victim of its own success in that regard. As for B&Q, I'm sure Ikea would be very popular and definitely is a crowd-draw- but it would remain to be seen whether they would take a gamble on Ipswich, especially given that, as a destination shop, residents from Ipswich would generally be happy to travel to either Norwich or Lakeside to visit Ikea as it stands. A Decathlon could also be a crowd-draw, but not sure the population catchment is big enough for them. I could see Smyths moving there, another B&M would be a shame. As for the comments regarding the 'council renting out units', I am not sure why they would be getting involved in renting out privately owned space?

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    IpswichBristol

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

  • I fear that the Anglia Retail Park will eventually become a wasteland as there are already units that have been empty for years, notably Comet. The Council have no interest in it either as they want all shopping to return to the town centre. And in their blinkered vision the only part of Ipswich that is important is the Wet Docks. It would be great if stores like The Range and Dunelm relocated there as it would make getting to them so much easier.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

  • IKEA please!

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    Lilly

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • i know someone who works on the estate and yet again wrong information B&M have shown an interest in the old comet unit Smyths have shown an interest in the old land of leather unit Ikea have shown an interest in the B&Q unit

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    kingsley

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Not another B&M store please nor a Poundshop. This town needs big players to attract visitors, someone like Ikea, House of Fraser, Smyths Toyshop is a good idea although we already have a Toysrus - the bigger the name the better maybe the council will be able to rent out the other units that have been empty for years. Norwich has a smaller Ikea that is a proven success - maybe they could think about Ipswich.

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    Just my opinion

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • i feel that the B&Q site ought to be the new Range as the carparking exit is so bad for severe holdups A new Range shop would probably make more money by the extra customers, some one suggested B&M but we already have two!

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    Daphne Osborne

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Please no more B&M !!!! Decathlon (sports shop) would be brilliant. An IKEA would be fab but not sure site suitable but up next to John Lewis would be !! A lighting superstore (Norwich has one) No pound land or cheap shops. We are being taken over by them !!! Thank you

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    dotty

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Not another B&M!!! Two's enough in the town Are their no decent retailers out their any more, surely some of those totally put off by town centres might want to come to Ipswich - or will the council discourage them or put obstacles in their way as with anything sensible

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    neilf

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • B&M have stores at Copdock and Euro Retail Park ... does the town really need three ? Anglia Retail Park has never been the most successful in Ipswich , yet should tick all the right boxes ....... more out of town retail ultimately hits the town centre .....

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    sgm

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Anything ! That site is like a ghost town. The council have little vision for attracting and conversing with big brands, and attempting to bring investment to the town.

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    Johnie Redwood

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Scuzzer

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • how'd the town do

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • B&M also have a store at Copdock Interchange -- is three too many ? The town needs jobs , and any retail should not compete with the town centre.

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    sgm

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Graham Cleaver

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • pinch 'n' a punch

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • B&M also have a store at Copdock Interchange , is three too many ?? As long as good jobs are created the town should welcome any interest , AS LONG as it doesn't compete with the town centre .....

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    sgm

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • B&M has two stores... very unlikely for a third - perhaps a relocation for their Ransomes Europark store. The retail park already has empty units which haven't been filled so something the size of the B&Q store is unlikely to be in their league... ultimately it will be divided up, but the question remains the same... why a new divided unit and not an existing unit...

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Doesn't seem a popular retail site. There are already empty buildings there such as the Comet store and space like the closed Park and Ride site so I don't expect there will be a rush to move in.

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    amsterdam81

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • JDermot

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Indoor paintball

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    Happy

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • I would like to see a large DIY store there to serve the West of Ipswich and to compliment and reflect the B&Q sited to the East of Ipswich on the Ransomes park........ Oh!

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    SilentM

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • It would make a fantastic PoundLand which other towns and cities could covet and admire from afar.

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    dale craven

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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