Tesco to consult on plans for a new Swaffham store

Draft plans for a new Tesco store in Swaffham will go on show for the first time this month.

The supermarket giant could open on the EcoTech Business Park, in Castle Acre Road, after developer Millngate bought the derelict three-acre site from Breckland Council in the summer.

Around 4,000 residents, councillors and businesses have been invited to comment on the proposals during an exhibition at the town's George Hotel on January 27 and 28.

There will also be a chance for people to register an early interest in working at the new store, which is expected to create 150 jobs.

Tony Sweeney, Millngate's managing director, said: 'We very much look forward to discussing our proposals with the local community.

'We are pleased that, to date, we have received extremely positive feedback from residents about the principal of a new Tesco in Swaffham.

'Currently the site is derelict and has been empty for some time. We can regenerate it with an environmentally friendly development, which will create many new jobs and improve the shopping offer in Swaffham.

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'We hope people are just as pleased when they see the details of our proposals at our exhibition.'

A joint planning application for the development, which would be one of Tesco's smaller, eco-friendly stores, is expected to be submitted shortly.

Kelly Edwards, director at the exhibition's organiser, Green Issues Communiqu�, added: 'A key part of the exhibition is ensuring that we carefully record the views of attendees, review these and, when possible, ensure that the final planning application reflects the views of local people as closely as possible.'

The consultation will run from 3pm to 7pm on January 27 and from 10.30am to 3pm on January 28.

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