Tesco: Still no opening date for new store

Supermarket giant Tesco has confirmed it still has no set date as to when work will begin constructing a new shop in Lakenheath.

Bosses at Tesco had hoped to start work on the High Street site, which it purchased in 2010, earlier this year, subject to Section 106 money, cash councils receive to offset the impact of major developments, being signed off.

But although more than £300,000 of Section 106 money was handed over to Forest Heath District Council back in March, the site, which was formerly Matthews Florist and Garden Centre, has yet to have any construction work start on it.

“We remain committed to delivering better local shopping and jobs through a store at Lakenheath, and intend to build out the plans as soon as we can,” said Matthew Hill, spokesman for Tesco.

“Unfortunately, carrying out the necessary consultations and legal agreements has taken longer than expected, and 
Lakenheath has been set back on the development programme.

“We are extremely grateful for the very strong support shown by the local community, and appreciate that the delay to construction is frustrating to customers who are having to drive elsewhere to do their weekly shop.”

Under the initial plans submitted by Tesco, which received the go-ahead from Forest Heath District Council’s planning committee back in December 2010, it proposed that around 150 full and part time jobs would be generated as a result of the store being built in the village.

In addition the new store, Tesco has also outlined plans to build 13 new properties on an adjoining site, which would include a number of affordable houses.