North Walsham could have a new out of town supermarket after members of North Norfolk District Council went against planning officers’ recommendations today (Thursday).

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Members of the council’s development committee approved the application by Scott Properties to build a 39,000sq ft supermarket, with parking for 412 vehicles and a petrol station, on the former Marricks Wire Ropes site on Cromer Road.

It will go ahead if a Section 106 agreement is agreed by officers under their delegated powers and Paston College’s Lawns site is not considered to be available for the development of a supermarket.

Planning officers recommended the Scott Properties’ application was refused because it would have a “significant, adverse impact on the viability of North Walsham town centre” and the applicant’s package of suggestions to lessen the impact was “wholly inadequate”.

Mair Stockdale, chairman of the North Walsham Chamber of Business, told committee members: “The chamber has grave concerns about the Marricks site application. The impact on the town would so great it would force many businesses to cease trading.”

But Ivan Roberts, who lives in Cromer Road, said: “The Marricks site has been derelict for a long time and is in a dangerous state. It is not a good image for the town.”

For a full story read tomorrow’s EDP.

17 comments

  • This isn't the first time that this site has received planning permission for a supermarket, that one lapsed a few years ago. Don't know why that one never got built but maybe the same thing will happen again considering the current economic climate! Also hoping for an asda but unfortunately we get no say in who the operator will be. I guess Scott Properties will sell it to the highest bidder, which is probably bad news for the Tesco haters!

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    Pete Bogg

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • Vulpes, how did you come to £800 per year for a 4p per litre difference? 4plitre over 14,000 miles @ 30mpg (most cars will achieve much more than this) only comes to £85 per year extra. If you think you can drive to Norwich every time you want to fill your car up over the space of 12 months for less than £85 then I'd love to know what you're driving! Fact is you don't live in Norwich, you live 16 miles on the wrong side of norwich - a 32 mile round trip... suck it up and get on with it.

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    aj

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • To KeithS - FYI, I am actually a resident of NW so I do know where it is. You say that the Town Centre is dead because of the popularity of 2 successful Town Centre shops - so it's not really dead then. And as for this "70% of the Town that voted" figure that keeps getting quoted - can someone inform us of what % of the total population of the Town actually voted - then the 70% figure who voted "yes" might have a bit more credibility.

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    DAVID WILLGRESS

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • I'm a bit confused here. The (amateur) councillors employ (professional) planners then totally ignore their advice. It seems almost as bizarre as a Prime Minister spending millions on an independent inquiry into press regulation then ignoring the enquiry recommendations, surely that would never happen?

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, March 24, 2013

  • Any decision is infinitely better than the abject stupidity of putting ANYTHING on or under the Paston College Lawns. Even to have considered that questions the sanity of those doing so.

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    windup

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • It will clearly be Tesco. They are still aggressively expanding and the site is a stones throw from the Greens Road site that they were going to build on but so spectacularly fouled up when the planning permission expired all those years ago. Can't imagine Waitrose will be very pleased.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • Hello Tesco and welcome to North Walsham. Asda don't do 39,000 sq ft stores in small towns, Morrison won't open a new store 8 miles from an existing one so if Scott Properties can sell this site to anyone, and it's still a big if, then by deduction, it has to be Tesco. If the only criteria for allowing this ridiculous decision was because it is a "derelict site in a dangerous state" then why not allow supermarkets on every derelict & dangerous site in the town. They can then fight it out for the relatively little business there is to be had here. Then, in 5 years time we will end up with even more derelect sites after half of the supermarkets, and most the good town centre shops, will have closed down and dissapeared forever. Is that what 70% of the people really want. I don't think so.

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    DAVID WILLGRESS

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • These councillors can't get enough when it comes to new supermarkets, even when planning experts say no. why might that be?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • Little shopkeepers bleating about competition again? What a surprise. Any shop that sells things that people want at a price people are prepared to pay will thrive. Who cares what happens to the rest?

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    sidevalve

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • Fantastic news and well done to the councillors in listening to the 70% of the town who voted for this application, and ignoring those unelected planning officers.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • DAVID WILLGRESS - Open your eyes and come to North Walsham (if you know where it is). The town centre is dead because of the presence of Roys and QD not out of town super markets. Shopping habits have changed and the small independent shops have had their day (they have little choice and are more expensive than driving to Norwich to buy stuff or getting it on line). We, the residents of North Walsham, need Sainsburys to have some completion.

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    KeithS

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • It's Sainsbury's that will lose out. Those who want quality and don't mind the prices are already drifting to Waitrose, those who want low prices and top value will flock to Tesco. No one shops at Sainsbury's because they want to - it just has had a monopoly for all this time. But the times are a changing! Hurray.

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    a fine city

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • DW- who did and who did'nt vote is irrelevant, as in any voting oppurtunity everybody had the chance to vote,I did, if you did'nt that's your problem not mine.Time moves on,village shops died because of town shops, town shops die because of out of town shops, as long as we the consumer gets a better deal, who cares, not me certainly, I actually retailed in N Walsham for many years, but I saw things were changing many years ago and sold up, the world owes no one a living,move with the times or be left wishing that you had. Welcome Tesco or whoever, you will be very welcome by the majority .

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • good comments vulpes we have always said the same thing.well done councillors for listening to the geneal public for once.

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    kaz

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • "vote"? What vote?! It's amazing how misinformation mutates into something else. I think about 70% of the Town Council was for it, about 90% of people who attended Scott Properties public exhibition were for it, and a recent professional survey showed that about 60% - 70% of North Walsham residents were doing their food shopping elsewhere. None of this involved any democratic VOTING, what nonsense! If you wanted to comment on the planning application using the correct tried and tested manner then the time for that has long past, but the process is far more complicated than a simple vote. As for Asda not opening in small towns, how come they have a store in Swaffham? North Norfolk would very much welcome an Asda!

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    Walsham Boy

    Friday, March 22, 2013

  • Good news for people in North Walsham who are fed up with the monopoly Sainsburys have had for years for both food and petrol. Waitrose was never going toaffect that with their prices. Hopefully the developers will get someone like Asda or Morrisons to take it on and help the low income families' in town make their money go further. Petrol at Sainsburys in Walsham is generally 4p a litre dearer than their garage in Queens Road, Norwich for an extra 12 miles to be delivered. A normal family car doing about 14k a year would mean a saving of over £800 a year if some competition could wipe that difference out. Pure profittering! Watch out Sainsburys, hopefully this will go through and your time to fleece uswill be up!

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    Vulpes

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

  • we don't care if we get asda,morrisons or tescos they are all cheaper than sainsburys.

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    kaz

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

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