Plans for another edge-of-town supermarket in North Walsham have been thrown out this morning.

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Councillors decided that applicants Scott Properties were not offering enough to the town to mitigate the impact of their proposed store, with a net sales area of about 39,000 sq ft, and petrol station.

North Norfolk District Council’s development committee voted 10-3 in favour of their officers’ recommendation that the application, for the former Marrick’s Wire Ropes site, on Cromer Road, should be refused.

Scott Properties disputed the findings of a retail consultant, commissioned by the council, who concluded that the store would have a “significant adverse impact” on North Walsham town centre. The consultant predicted that the store, coupled with the nearby Waitrose which opened in November 2012, would take nearly half the town centre’s trade away.

The council wanted Scott Properties to pay for mitigation measures worth £750,000. The firm offered a final package worth £485,000. It included £100,000 for three hours free parking for two years, £50,000 to buy a Hopper bus, transporting people from villages into the town, and £50,000 to redecorate shop fronts.

■ For a report on the debate buy tomorrow’s EDP.

14 comments

  • Words fail me !. But its good news for the Asda delivery drivers, they will still be making regular deliveries to my house. As for the 10 councillors who voted against, presumably Waitrose or Sainsburys customers. Meanwhile those 12 petrol pumps on Bacton Road will still have the monopoly in the town, well done councillors yet again you have got it wrong.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • I am in complete agreement with most of the comments above, The people on the council must be living in a parallel universe if they think North walsham does'nt need another supermarket,Sainsburys have had too much of a sway in this decision as did Somerfields before them, It's about time councillors of North walsham listened to what people living in the town want and not toady to the business people. North walsham as a town centre is now only a haven if you want a bank, building society, hair dressers, charity shops or a take away, so very few if any jobs would be adversly affected by another supermarket out of town.

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    peter

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • I'm not sure that Sainsbury's is holding the town to ransom over petrol prices. I bought some there last night, and it was 1p a litre cheaper than Morrisons at Cromer.

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    crunchy dick

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • How on earth is a supermarket going to impact on banks building society's ,charity shops,hairdressers, beauty salons,estate agents,and the dozen or so takeaways? Because that is all there is in north walsham now . Like town centres all over the country ,they have had their day and have to adapt .stopping this supermarket was stupid the councillors should have taken what was offered and made the best of it . If all the proposed housing developments do happen round town,does anyone really truthfully believe it will improve the town centre. Of course not like all the rest of us they will use supermarkets and if they are not near and handy ,they will use the Norwich ones,where most people work

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    Reader

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • How on earth is a supermarket going to impact on banks building society's ,charity shops,hairdressers, beauty salons,estate agents,and the dozen or so takeaways? Because that is all there is in north walsham now . Like town centres all over the country ,they have had their day and have to adapt .stopping this supermarket was stupid the councillors should have taken what was offered and made the best of it . If all the proposed housing developments do happen round town,does anyone really truthfully believe it will improve the town centre. Of course not like all the rest of us they will use supermarkets and if they are not near and handy ,they will use the Norwich ones,where most people work

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    Reader

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Filled up with diesel in norwich on Wednesday. It was 5p a litre cheaper than NW sainsburys

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    Reader

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Filled up with diesel in norwich on Wednesday. It was 5p a litre cheaper than NW sainsburys

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    Reader

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • The 'special conditions' aside, this application was approved months ago. One of the reasons it was approved then was that it was recognised that there were no suitable sites in the town centre. There was a proposal to use the Paston College lawns site but the college Principal was adamant stating that the site was not available. So, NNDC recognise the need for the store to serve the town and surrounding area, they would prefer it in the town centre but it is proven there is no site available. I have a copy of the NNDC commissioned report that shows this as well as the appalling leak of revenue from the town as shoppers travel elsewhere. The councillors must stop thinking of North Walsham's trade as just the town centre! It is an outdated medieval model, old-world thinking, times have changed radically. This NON move by the Council will not help the town centre one iota, it will just mean that the trade which WOULD have gone to a new store will now go out-of-town or via the internet. For goodness sake councillors WAKE UP TO THE MODERN WORLD!

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    Walsham Boy

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I am in complete agreement with most of the comments above, The people on the council must be living in a parallel universe if they think North walsham does'nt need another supermarket,Sainsburys have had too much of a sway in this decision as did Somerfields before them, It's about time councillors of North walsham listened to what people living in the town want and not toady to the business people. North walsham as a town centre is now only a haven if you want a bank, building society, hair dressers, charity shops or a take away, so very few if any jobs would be adversly affected by another supermarket out of town.

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    peter

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • It's about time Sainsburys had competition on the petrol sales front, this town has been held to ransom long enough! Thankfully I work in Norwich so buy my diesel there as it's cheaper but many of the towns residents do not have this option.

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    Martin Jennings

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • Filled up in with diesel in norwich on Wednesday. It was 5 p a litre cheaper than sainsburys NW

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    Reader

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • words fail me too. a chance to bring more jobs to the area and you turn it down.!!!!! well you've lost my vote come the next elections. pathetic

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    mike cook

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • The short sightedmoth eatenhead in the sand bunch of clowns strike again. Ah well at least the voluntary jobs are all safe in the town centre. Solution: Knock down Watsons estate agents and all adjoining buildings to the top corner to expose the lovely church. Then convert all of the shops into accommodation. Move all of the busineses to the outskirts with free parking.

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    littlenewshound

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • thanks planners looks like I will still be doing my shopping on line with tescos....

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    kaz

    Thursday, January 23, 2014

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