Official proposals handed in for Tesco

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco officially handed in its proposals to build a major new store in a north Suffolk town yesterday.A spokeswoman for Waveney District Council confirmed they had received a planning application for the Angel Link site, in Halesworth.

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco officially handed in its proposals to build a major new store in a north Suffolk town yesterday.

A spokeswoman for Waveney District Council confirmed they had received a planning application for the Angel Link site, in Halesworth.

The store, which would measure 22,000 square metres, is slightly smaller than the one in nearby Beccles and is expected to generate around 200 jobs.

The plans have been in the pipeline for the best part of a year and a public exhibition detailing the proposals was held in October.


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The store - which would also offer free car parking for up to three hours - has been reduced in height by 1.2m and has been designed to blend in with the rural nature of the area.

Views from the town centre and Blyth Valley will also be preserved and it will not be visible from London Road.

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Tesco also owns land in The Thoroughfare and if the new plans are given the green light there is an agreement to set aside money to help build a community centre on that site or another location.

The news has provoked strong local reaction from members of the public - both for and against the development.

A spokeswoman for Waveney Council said planning chiefs would hopefully make a decision on the development by August 16.

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