Wymondham Asda proposals could see football club moved

A Norfolk town's football club would be moved to make way for a new supermarket under plans announced by a retail giant.

Asda has proposed to build a new 23,000 sq ft (2136.8 sq m) store on the site of Wymondham Town Football Club at King's Head Meadow.

A local campaign group has criticised the plans, saying it would "destroy" part of the town's heritage.

Asda said it would compensate by relocating the club to new premises.

It said it would build new facilities for the team at Ketts Park, about a mile away from the old ground.

The company said the new supermarket would encourage shoppers to stay local, draw trade back into the town centre and create 200 jobs.

'Destroy heritage'

It said it would be comparable in size to the Waitrose store on the outskirts of the town.

Andy Gardiner, from Wymondham Asks Why, said many people in the town are against the plans and added the store would be built on a "much used and much-loved area".

"It's a beautiful open space. Everybody knows the King's Head Meadow - it's as famous as the Market Cross and Wymondham Abbey," said Mr Gardiner.

"Why when there's all the brownfield sites in Wymondham do they want to destroy part of its heritage?"

Mr Gardiner added the ground was always used by young people and the supermarket would leave them with "nowhere to go".

No-one from Wymondham Town Football Club was available for comment.

A public consultation on Asda's plans are being held at Wymondham Central Hall on Saturday.

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