Villagers welcome plans for a supermarket in Taverham

Plans for a supermarket in an edge-of-city village have been mainly welcomed, according to developers.

A public exhibition was held last week to give people the chance to discuss initial proposals for a supermarket on vacant land in Fir Covert Road, Taverham.

The site, owned by joint owner of Taverham Nursery Centre Karen Drane, is currently unused.

Under the plans, there will be a family pub restaurant on the site and 250 new jobs could be created.

People living in the surrounding area will now have a further opportunity to comment on the scheme in early December.

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Ms Drane said: 'The overwhelming consensus seems to be that Taverham residents are fed up with having to travel long distances to carry out a weekly food shop, and if this could be done locally it would save time, offer choice and be much more convenient. An affordable pub restaurant is also seen as being a welcomed addition.

'The proposals should be the catalyst to significantly improve the highway junctions in the immediate area. We now look at this in more detail with the local highway authority to see how this can come forward to improve safety and traffic flows.'

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The developers confirmed that they have been in discussions with Morrisons but the supermarket chain said it could not comment at this stage.

Concerns raised by residents to the Evening News included the dangerous road junctions at both ends of Fir Covert Road and the impact on existing businesses. The next public consultation will be held in the Village Hall, Sandy Lane from 6pm on December 7.

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