Hadleigh supermarket in spotlight again

PROPOSALS for a new supermarket in Hadleigh are under the spotlight once again today.Food giant Tesco has formally submitted a planning application to Babergh District Council, seeking permission to build a new store in the market town.

PROPOSALS for a new supermarket in Hadleigh are under the spotlight once again today.

Food giant Tesco has formally submitted a planning application to Babergh District Council, seeking permission to build a new store in the market town.

Since the company first submitted plans in 1999 the issue has starkly divided the town, with the plans rejected at a November 2000 public inquiry.

According to the new application the store on the town's Brett Works site would measure some 3,055 sq metres and would be accessed from Bridge Street. Pedestrian and cycle links from the High Street are also proposed.

Roydon Smith, chairman of the Tesco Supporters Group of Hadleigh, said: “I'm sure the people of Hadleigh are pleased.

“It's taken a long time but every move is a step forward and this is the biggest one of the lot. It's what we've all been waiting for.

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“I'll have my fingers crossed.”

John Bloomfield chairman of the Hadleigh Society, which is formally opposed to the bid to build a Tesco on the Brett Works site, said: “Tesco would be awful for the town and its character but I think sense will prevail.

“I'm not at all surprised the application has gone in.

“We will certainly ensure that our views are being heard and it isn't over by a long way yet.”

Babergh District Council said its planning officers would now check through the plans and supporting documents.

Once that has been done the application will be registered and made available for the public to view at Babergh's Hadleigh offices or on the council's website with the proposals being formally considered by the development committee in the spring.

Michael Kissman, Tesco's corporate affairs manager, said: “We are really pleased to be in a position to submit the plans.

“The Brett Works had already been allocated for a supermarket by Babergh District Council and we are happy now to put forward our multi-million pound plans to transform what is a derelict industrial site there into a new food store.”

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