Newmarket is set to get two new supermarkets after the Government backed a council’s decision to approve plans submitted by Morrisons and Tesco.
The two proposals were originally agreed by Forest Heath councillors back in May, when two other schemes for Adsa and Sainsbury were refused.
When the unsuccessful applicants lodged appeals, the Government’s National Planning Casework Unit (NPCU) asked for details from the Tesco and Morrisons, and issued a formal notice preventing the issue of planning consent while it considered “calling in” the applications to consider alongside the two appeals.
This week the NPCU announced it was happy with the approved applications –leaving the council free to issue consent once s106 legal obligations have been completed. The Asda and Sainbury appeals will still go ahead.
Michael Van Den Berg of Morrisons said: “It is great to know that the ocal support has been heard and the council have been given the opportunity to make the right decision for Newmarket. We look forward to getting on with the site remediation as soon as possible.”
A spokesman for Tesco said: “We are pleased we can move forward in building a new and better store in Newmarket.”
Cllr David Bowman, Forest Heath cabinet member for economic development, said: “We want people to come and shop in Newmarket, and take the time to enjoy other facilities as well, instead of travelling elsewhere. I’m sure this decision will help to boost the local economy.”