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As you know, for over five years, Tesco have been trying to get planning permission to build a supermarket between the riverside and the High Street. There was a Public Inquiry and their proposals were rejected by the Secretary of State. They now have a new application in, with access from Bridge Street, which we expect to go before Baberghs committee during the summer.

Tesco have been pursuing Babergh very hard to have their site included in the emerging Local Plan and in February the Council reversed their earlier decision and agreed to amend the draft Plan to include the riverside site for a supermarket. This means that there has to be a further period, before the Local Plan Inquiry, when the public can object to this change and Babergh have decided that we have just one month from 17th May to 14th June to make our written objections.

These objections will be considered by the Local Plan Inspector so it is important that as many of us as possible write in.

The reasons that you could give for objecting include:

         The small shops that would be forced to close.

         The damage to the amenity of the riverside walk.

         The disruption caused by the entrances to the site from Bridge Street.

         The extra traffic in Bridge Street and the High Street. The danger to pedestrians, particularly school children.

         The dangers of using Pound Lane or Queen Street for pedestrian access to the site.

         The risk of flooding and the effects of the building on the floodplain


Plus any other reason you can think of.

Every letter counts, so please encourage your partner and your friends to write in as well.

Letters objecting to the allocation of the riverside site for a supermarket in the Local Plan should be sent to Mr. Neil Greig at Babergh District Council, Corks Lane, Hadleigh IP7 6SJ

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