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New commercial area ‘will stimulate town’

15:24 27 January 2014

Proposed supermarket in Brandon. Photo: Supplied

Proposed supermarket in Brandon. Photo: Supplied

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Plans for a 5,800sq m multi-use commercial area including a supermarket, filling station, children’s playbarn and retail outlets on the Norfolk and Suffolk border have been submitted.

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Brandon Promotions Limited have put in an outline planning application to Breckland Council for a development off the A1065, just to the east of Weeting, on the site formerly owned by Milbank Floors.

The plans show the site will be split between retail, light industrial, assembly and leisure and parking, with the equivalent of 150 full-time jobs being created.

A food store on the site could be up to 2,800sqm alone.

Hugh French, from project managers Pigeon, based in Bury St Edmunds, said the development would help spur growth in the area.

“The proposal will help retain and introduce hundreds of new jobs to the community, which will stimulate and improve the vitality of the town,” he added. “We are proposing a range of new businesses including food store, business units and a children’s playbarn, which can all contribute to a reduction in the loss of spend to other centres.”

The public were given a chance to look at the scheme in September as part of a consultation process. Public response to the project was mixed, with more than a third of 95 respondents saying they did not think the proposals were good for Brandon, and half thinking they did.

The biggest concern was that increased traffic at the site would increase the likelihood of jams in Brandon’s High Street. To access the site, lorries will have to pass through the town’s level crossing, which has been plagued by faults in the last year, causing long delays for drivers.

There were also fears that the location would see people drawn away from the High Street.

However, the planners claim the majority of business will come from out of town and will not have a significant impact on the the High Street.

What do you think of the plans? Let us know by emailing reporter Andrew Fitchett at andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk

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