A new superstore is set to open in October on the edge of North Walsham after Waitrose got permission to redevelop the former Focus DIY site.

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At a planning meeting this morning, North Norfolk district councillors voted by 11 to zero, with one abstention, to allow the store firm to set up shop on Cromer Road.

The planners also unanimously passed its application to build extensions to the property, which stands next to the site of the former Crane Fruehauf factory.

After the meeting, town mayor Dave Robertson said: “I’m absolutely delighted and I’m sure that the people of North Walsham feel the same. It will be good for the town and I believe it will increase footfall in the town centre and bring economic confidence to the town.”

James Gilhooley, head of property for Waitrose, said: “I’m delighted that the residents of North Walsham and the chamber of trade have supported our application and we look forward to living up to their expectations when we open in the autumn.”

The new store is expected to create up to 150 jobs.

Two applications - one to change the use of the building and the other for signage and additional car parking - were submitted to the council in March.

The 2,885m sq store will sell 17,000 product lines and contain meat, fish, deli and patisserie counters. There will also be a cafe area for shoppers to buy a sandwich and a drink.

The application also asked for 154 parking spaces and 10 stainless steel cycle hoops.

The Highways Agency initially said the 40mph limit road was “inappropriate” for people with shopping to be crossing but dropped all of its objections after further evidence was submitted by Waitrose.

● For the full story, see tomorrow’s paper.

16 comments

  • Mr T Precisely what part of the proposed wind turbine did you think offered anyone any possible form of common sense? It was absurd, impractical, inefficient, unwanted (87% against) and, would have less than zero effect on the (alleged) need for more green energy It would have been about as useless as any possible form of green energy could be. If you want to see an excellent example of good green energy, and in N Walsham, drive down the by-pass and see (if you can) the solar farm.

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    Windless

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • I really hope that you are wrong David, the most important part of the Marricks site application is that it includes a petrol station,there is certainly more than enough business in North Walsham for another one of those I think you will agree. As for sufficient business for 4 supermarkets,I think given that you would be attracting from all over North Norfolk and not just from N Walsham then I think that there probably is, with quality at one end, budget at the other end leaving two "main stream" stores to fight it out, got to be good for the consumer.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • Personally I prefer Tesco to Waitrose.

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    samphirelover

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • Great news! The Sheringham Tesco Council fiasco has not been repeated. May I make the following comments:- JB65 this town will not die, it needs exactly the sort of support that Waitrose coming to it offers. SB Couldn't agree more Mr T the wind turbine involved no known form of commone sense! JN see Bin Here comments. We rarely agree but I do 100% this time! SamphireL The nearest one is in Stalham the newest one will be in Sheringham, enjoy............your choice! I, for one am delighted, a high quality supermarket coming to our town and supplying the needs of all of North Norfolk, not just North Walsham

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    windup

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • Good news on the Waitrose decision, Shame they do not also have a petrol station. We need another fuel outlet to stop Sainsburys holding the monopoly. Ideally a mainstream fuel supplier,i.e. Shell or Bp or Esso as supermarket fuel does not have the best reputation and addmitedly I will not put it in my car!

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    Martin Jennings

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

  • Good news at last some progress for the dying town :-)

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    Johnyboy65

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • Mr T We may agree on more than we disagree on!! The percentage quoted, and I checked it daily was the number against who sent official objections to NNDC planning dep't divided by the total of both for and objecting x 100%, For example, right now for the Bodham application the ratio is 80% against. You may already know that some of my work is in the installation of OFFSHORE wind turbines so I am NOT fundamentally against wind energy, just ONSHORE wind! I agree though that this is much more about the really good news that the Waitrose application is granted and it will open soon, fantastic news. I really do feel that N Walsham is very much on the up and will continue to go upwards in years to come. Lots of things are happening which seem to be coming together at the same time, Waitrose, Gunton Arms, prob another supermarket and petrol station, hopefully housing on the larger brownfield sites such as by the Railway Station.The Condensate plant at the station from the Southern Sector gas fields means that the Bittern Line will more or less have to stay open so that link is more secure than it might be. All reasons to be cheerful (esp as there's no wind turbine either!!!) Sorry, couldn't resist.

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    windup

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

  • Yes Waitrose is the best of a bad lot. I hope it works out but it could make the town even worse with more closures.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • I really hope that you are wrong David, the most important part of the Marricks site application is that it includes a petrol station,there is certainly more than enough business in North Walsham for another one of those I think you will agree. As for sufficient business for 4 supermarkets,I think given that you would be attracting from all over North Norfolk and not just from N Walsham then I think that there probably is, with quality at one end, budget at the other end leaving two "main stream" stores to fight it out, got to be good for the consumer.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • Common sense at last, just what the town needs. Pity they didn't apply the same to the proposed wind generator.

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    Mr T

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • i think its great we have a waitrose but we also need a tesco or asda as we can't all afford the prices of waitrose and sainsburys and we also need another petrol station.

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    kaz

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • Ian I fully agree with you regarding the solar farm and pass it on a regular basis, all in favour of it. However I am also in favour of wind generation as I believe in every little helps, we all have our own opinions. One of the problems I have is people quote percentages, a figure of 87% against is meaningless without another statistic, was it 87% of the whole NW population, or just 87% of 100 people polled? I would suggest there were more in favour, it is just those against shout the loudest, rest of us get on with our lives. If we wish to do some kind of comparison between the solar farm and the rejected wind generator then how many acres of land does the solar farm take up compared to one generator? Moving on, this discussion is about Waitrose not annoying dogs in nearby kennels, I just think it is great to get some progress and start revitalising North Walsham so people will visit rather than pass through, and the wind generator could have been an added attraction.

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    Mr T

    Saturday, June 30, 2012

  • "Bin here all me life" - I think you'll find that the interest in the Marricks site, and the Midland Road site, will rapidly dissapear now - there's not enough business in NW for 4 supermarkets.

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    DAVID WILLGRESS

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • Well done councillors!, keep your sensible hats on when the application comes in for the supermarket and petrol station at the old Marricks site. Forget the town centre dying, the days of shopping in town centres have gone, give us more out of town superstores with parking, this is 2012 not 1812.And before anyone starts to disagree with that statement, think first, if these stores were not popular with the public then no one would want to build them, so the companies are only supplying what the general public want and support, otherwise there is no profit in building them for the likes of Tesco and Asda.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • Great news! Onwards and upwards for North Walsham

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    Stephen Burke

    Friday, June 29, 2012

  • Brilliant news & as a NW resident I'm delighted. It will undoubtably be a boost for the Town without crucifying local town centre shops like a Tesco or Asda would have done. Will be interesting to see if the other proposals on Midland Road & at the Marricks Wire Ropes site are still interested - I doubt it.

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    Mylen1um

    Friday, June 29, 2012

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