Holt supermarket plans submitted - but which firm will occupy it?

Developers behind the plan to bring a supermarket to a popular north Norfolk shopping mecca have submitted a planning application - but who will be the new occupant?

Development group Letheringsett-based Norwood Property are behind the dream to bring another supermarket to Holt at the Thaxters timber and DIY yard site, off Old Station Way - but who will take over the site still remains a mystery.

Plans for the demolition of the existing merchant timber buildings and the erection of a retail foodstore, associated accesses, car parking and serving area have been submitted to North Norfolk District Council (NNDC).

Partner Tim Schofield said the application should not flag up any nasty surprises and was hopeful that if consent was given there would be operators 'keen to take on the site'.

In February Mr Schofield revealed they had already turned down a 'substantial' offer from Tesco to deliver what he believed was a more town-friendly foodstore to Holt.


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And Brian Thaxter, co-director of Thaxter's, said he was keen to get a supermarket 'appropriate' for the area.

'It will not be a threat to other traders in the town - we are not trying to upset anyone.'

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It would be a 'green' store selling lots of local produce - a 'supermarket for the people,' he added.

The team from Norwood held a four-day consultation in April which saw 650 people visit and 106 leave comments - 76 in favour of the store and one person against.

As part of the consultation period the favourite user mentioned was Waitrose, which received 30 comments in favour. This was followed by Co-op which received nine comments for a branch in the town.

One of the main changes from the consultation was to the car park charging. Initially developers said they would offer two hours maximum free parking but would now be offering two hours maximum charged parking.

Mr Schofield said: 'This decision came about from feedback in the consultation process but anyone who spends over �5 in store will have their car park money refunded.'

This decision was made after concerns that spaces would be taken up by people shopping in the town, which would mean store users may struggle to find parking.

The number of car parking spaces has risen to 90, including five disabled spaces, and would be linked to NNDC charging.

The new store design is also strongly influenced by the architecture of the former Midland and Great Northern Railway and the existing main building on the site.

Mr Schofield said it had been exciting project to work on because of the amount of historical research that had gone into the plans but added that they had taken 'nothing for granted'.

The total size of the store would be around 15,000sq ft (1,395sq m) with a sales area of 11,000sq ft (1,022sq m) - approximately three quarters of the size of the town's supermarket, Bugdens of Holt.

? For more information about the plans email tim.schofield@norwoodproperty.com.

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