New Norwich Asda plans get 95pc backing

More than nine out of 10 people who visited a public exhibition last month have backed plans for a second Asda store in Norwich, the supermarket giant said.

It is proposing to create about 400 new jobs by opening a 35,000sq ft store with a 350-space car park on the former Bally shoe factory site off Hall Road.

Chris Martin, Asda senior property communications manager, said: 'We have been delighted by the response from the local community.

'The history of proposed development on the Harford Place site is long and complex, and people seem excited that comprehensive plans are finally in place. Unlike previous proposals, we are in a position to deliver this important development and are fully committed to doing so.'

Plans for the decaying area have been on hold for more than two years after the recession put an original �122m scheme for the site on hold.

The new proposals also include a range of facilities across the site, including a pub, a gym, a selection of smaller shops, start-up business enterprise units and a new public square.

City councillor for the Lakenham ward, David Fairbairn, said: 'The response we have received about the new store has been positive. However, I would like to see traffic improvements made at the Tuckswood roundabout, as part of the package.'

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