District councillors were yesterday being advised to approve legal agreements that could herald a £250,000 windfall for Soham.
The money would be part of Section 106 contributions from developers behind approved plans to build a new supermarket on land near the Shade and Northfield Road.
If approved, £150,000 will go towards providing a shuttle bus service between Isleham, Soham and Wicken three days a week.
And £100,000 will fund general improvements to the town centre, including improvements to the town’s current car parks and shops, as well as providing support for businesses and events.
A report, which was due to be discussed by East Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee at a meeting in Ely yesterday, included a recommendation that members approve the section 106 agreement conditions.
Referring to the shuttle bus service, the report said: “The use of this service will be monitored, and if it is not found to be adequately used then the money will be used for other public transport purposes including a contribution to the Soham and Ely dial-a-ride.”
Harrier Developments’ plans to build a 41,000 sq ft food store were approved by a planning committee in May.
The site will also include 282 parking spaces, a pub/restaurant, petrol station and a new roundabout for access.
A public consultation on the plans received 665 comments in support of the development from residents and 51 letters of objection.
The report added that developers had not yet confirmed which supermarket would be taking over the premises, but that this was not a material planning consideration.