Kesgrave Town Council back proposal for new Co-op store in Hartree Way

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Kesgrave could soon get a new convenience store under the latest plans for the Grange Farm area.

A proposal for a Co-op store off Hartree Way, between Newman Drive and the Orwell Veterinary Group hospital has been supported by members of Kesgrave Town Council at Monday night’s council meeting.

The proposal, which is available for members of the public to view at the Town Council offices in Ferguson Way, would see Co-op adopt the site adjacent to the vets.

Planners at Suffolk Coastal District Council have proposed that the store be located on the west side of the plot of land, however Kesgrave Town Council has favoured the proposed layout by Co-op where the store would back onto the vets, due to the proximity of houses nearby.

A council spokesperson said: “The area off Hartree Way between Newman Drive and the veterinary hospital is designated for use by a convenience store and the Co-op have expressed an interest.

“Council were very supportive of the proposed store but agreed they preferred the original proposals which would in their opinion be more visually acceptable and of less impact on residents in Newman Drive.”

It is thought that a new convenience store would offer residents on the east side of the town easier access to essentials than the Tesco store in Ropes Drive currently does.

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However, while the plans have been welcomed by Kesgrave Town Council, it is currently only a proposal, and no formal application has yet been submitted.

Concerns over traffic and deliveries to the area had been raised, however Co-op has assured councillors that the store would only have two lorry deliveries a day, which would not be articulated trucks, with the rest being smaller deliveries from local firms.

Nick Denny, executive officer for property from the East of Englan Co-op, said: “We welcome the opportunity to share our vision for a new foodstore in Kesgrave with the town council and wider community.

“Local views will help shape our plans and we will release further details to the local community in due course.”