June 19 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, March 21, 2013
An out of town supermarket plan for Holt was given the green light today (Thursday) despite concerns the development could take trade away from the town centre.
Members of North Norfolk District Council development committee approved the Norwood Homes application for the Thaxters DIY and timber yard site on Old Station Way, just off the town’s bypass.
It is not known which supermarket will set up business in the town but it will have a net sales area of about 10,000sq ft; include a 90-space car park and create about 100 jobs.
Benefits to the town would be provided through a Section 106 agreement and would include signs to the town centre and additional art work for the pedestrian underpass from the store to the town centre, which would also be cleaned up.
A new hopper bus service from the shop to the town centre could also be started up.
Holt Chamber of Trade chairman Ian Furniss said: “This is all about impact and a new supermarket will dramatically change our High Street.”
He warned Holt traders could lose up to £3.9m in sales each year if the supermarket was built.
John Perry-Warnes, ward councillor for Corpusty, said: “This will help the parking in Holt tremendously, It will also help with employment. I will be supporting it all the way.”
For the full story read tomorrow’s EDP.
Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a garden pond today.
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