The four supermarket applications determined by councillors three months ago could yet become the subject of a major planning inquiry.
Members of Forest Heath District Council’s development control committee will hear on Wednesday that because Asda and Sainsbury’s have appealed against the council’s decision not to grant them planning permission, the authority has not been allowed to let the two successful applicants, Morrisons and Tesco, go ahead.
It has to wait until the National Planning Casework Unit (NPCU), a government body which manages planning decisions on behalf of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. decides whether to hold a planning inquiry into all four proposals. That decision is not expected before the middle of next month.
But Nicola Baker, the council’s head of planning said: “Officers are making preparations for assembling the appeal team in anticipation of a public inquiry.”
Back in May, Forest Heath councillors approved planning permission for a new Morrisons store in Newmarket’s Exning Road and a much larger Tesco store on the Oaks Business Park in Fordham Road to replace the existing store.
Proposals for a new Sainsbury’s to be built on the George Lambton playing fields and an Asda store on part of a nine-acre site between the High Street and Rowley Drive, owned by Bill Gredley, were both refused.
A report due to go before councillors on Wednesday addresses a number of points raised by Asda and Sainsbury’s and requests councillors reaffirm their May decision to approve Morrisons and Tesco.