D-day for supermarket plans

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A decision on which, if any, of four new supermarkets proposed for Newmarket gets the go ahead, is set to be made by district council planners in May.

Members of the council’s development control committee will meet on Wednesday to formally agree a timetable for the discussion and the decision-making process surrounding the four planning applications from supermarket giants Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Asda.

This will include an informal private briefing for committee members on Wednesday, April 24, followed by a presentation by the applicants, again behind closed doors, on Thursday, May 9.

On Wednesday, May 22, an extraordinary meeting of the committee will be held at 4pm in public when decisions are likely to be made.

The four applications under consideration are for a larger Tesco store in Fordham Road, a Morrisons store in Exning Road on the site of the old gasworks, an Asda store on land at the rear of Fitzroy Stables and a Sainsbury’s store on the George Lambton playing fields in Fordham Road.

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