Asda announces Wymondham supermarket consultation

Residents will get the first opportunity to quiz Asda officials next week over controversial plans for a supermarket development on an historic Wymondham green space.

Wymondham Town Council announced last year that it was in talks with the retail giant over proposals to sell Kings Head Meadow for a store development.

The company will be staging its first public exhibition on the project at meetings at Wymondham Central Hall next Friday between 1pm and 7pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

The consultation will be a chance for people to find out more about proposals for the store at the site off Norwich Road, which is currently the home of Wymondham Town Football Club. Asda says that the proposal would create around 200 new jobs.

Chris Martin, Asda senior property communications manager, said the proposal includes a 23,000sqft store, with additional town centre car parking on the site of Wymondham Town Football Club at Back Lane.

He added that an 'integral' part of the overall scheme is the relocation of the football club to new premises at Ketts Park, with the relocation plans including brand new bespoke premises for the club and other enhancements to Ketts Park.

'We are very aware of the extent to which our plans have already been discussed in the town and are keen to fully explain the proposal to local people. Now that we have detailed plans in place we are keen to share them and listen to feedback.'

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'A new ASDA store would encourage shoppers to stay local, helping to draw trade back to the town centre and would also create 200 new jobs for local people. We look forward to talking to as many people as possible at our exhibition on Friday and Saturday,' he said.

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