Another big chain set for Beardmore Park area of Martlesham - see who is joining here

Land off Anson Road and Felixstowe Road which Travis Perkins has submitted a planning application to

Land off Anson Road and Felixstowe Road which Travis Perkins has submitted a planning application to develop Picture: GOOGLE EARTH - Credit: Google Earth

Travis Perkins is the latest big name set to join the Beardmore Park area of Martlesham Heath, as plans have been lodged for a brand new unit to be built.

The chain of builders’ merchants has submitted a hybrid application seeking full planning permission to build a store on Greenfield land off Anson Road and Felixstowe Road.

It also seeks outline permission for further employment development for light industrial, research and development, general industrial or storage and distribution firms.

It follows recent development on the land opposite between the Tesco store and Felixstowe Road to build a Wickes – a brand owned by Travis Perkins – as well as Topps Tiles and Evans Cycles.

Hughes electrical has also moved into a new unit next to Home Bargains, built off Martinsyde.

The application’s transport statement acknowledged the recent development in the area, and the approval of 2,000 homes on land by Adastral Park, but said: “The transport statement concludes that the proposed development in highway and transportation terms is acceptable, and there are no reasons that should prevent the highway authority or planning authority from recommending planning approval of this application.”

The land had previously been used as a grass strip runway during the Second World War, when it was part of the Martlesham Heath airfield site.

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A spokesman from Travis Perkins declined to comment.

The application is in the public consultation phase and is expected to go before planners in the autumn.

Earlier this year, Hughes on Beardmore Park moved out of its unit opposite the Next store and into a fresh building beside Home Bargains in Martinsyde.

Planning permission to subdivide the old Hughes unit into two was granted in 2016, with an application by Boots to occupy one of the sub-divided units and sell food and drink as part of its retail offering was approved in 2017.

Boots’ application said that it had “identified a commercial demand for a new store within this area” having reviewed its existing stores and competitors.

It is not yet clear what firms may move into the other portion of the unit, but planning permission will only be needed if it intends to change the use.