Suffolk

Tesco Express store approved for Aldeburgh

Artist's impression of Tesco in Aldeburgh
Image caption The Tesco store could be open by Christmas

A Tesco Express store may be built in Aldeburgh, after Suffolk Coastal District Council backed plans for a £2m development.

The supermarket and five flats would be built on the site of a derelict garage on Saxmundham Road.

Councillors approved the plans by five votes to four after a debate lasting almost four hours.

Developer Pigeon hopes to start work on the site in May and said a Tesco Express could be open by Christmas.

The company, which is based in Bury St Edmunds, said it was an "opportunity to regenerate a prime site on the entrance to this lovely town".

'Very disappointed'

Director Will Stanton said: "We're pleased the people in Aldeburgh will have a choice of shopping."

Some people had opposed the plans, saying there was no need for a third supermarket in the town.

Naomi Tarry, chairman of the Aldeburgh Business Association, said: "I'm very disappointed. It's very bad news for all of us who have campaigned against it.

"We're one of the few remaining high streets in England to still have a great range of independent shops.

"We've got butchers, bakers, greengrocers, fishmongers and many more. That starts to come under threat when you have too much competition from supermarkets."

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