Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has dropped its appeal into a council’s decision not to allow it to build a new store in Newmarket.
The decision comes after the Government’s National Planning Casework Unit (NPCU) decided there were no grounds to call in the plans approved for rival stores Morrison’s and Tesco.
Newmarket town councillor and former town mayor, Cllr George Lambton, who had jointly submitted the Sainbury’s application for the George Lambton playing fields in Fordham Road, said he was disappointed as he believed his scheme would have brought benefits to the town, including a new cinema.
Property developer Bill Gredley’s Unex Group, which is behind the application for an Asda in the High Street, also refused by councillors, has also lodged an appeal.
The NPCU’s decision not to call in the matter has been welcomed by the Newmarket Horsemen’s Group whose chairman William Gittus said: “It is good news that Sainsbury’s has withdrawn its appeal.
“We must wait to see what Unex decides to do in relation to its Queensbury Lodge Stables site, but we hope very much it will also withdraw its appeal and take up our existing offer to get together and work something out.
“We will continue our dialogue with the council, as it progresses the development of the Local Plan, as well as attempting to find solutions to more specific issues, such as the future of Queensbury Lodge Stables, which remain an eyesore on entrance to the town.”