Supermarket battle comes to an end

A DISCOUNT food superstore could be built in the centre of Stowmarket within the next three years after moves to prevent the development were rejected.

A DISCOUNT food superstore could be built in the centre of Stowmarket within the next three years after moves to prevent the development were rejected.

Boden Properties today successfully overturned Mid Suffolk District Council's decision to refuse them planning permission for the old waterworks site in Union Street West.

The developers will now be able to go ahead with the building of an Aldi superstore on the land, which is in a Conservation area.

A two-day public inquiry, held in Needham Market earlier this month, heard from all parties involved, including Mid Suffolk Friends of the Earth, who objected to the scheme. One resident, who lives near the site, claimed it would resemble a prison.


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However, planning inspector Robert Forster today ruled the development should go ahead, arguing it would "enhance" the conservation area.

He said: "As a convenience shopping scheme in the town centre, the proposal will enhance the vitality and viability of the town centre of Stowmarket."

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