Co-op foodstore in Bury St Edmunds delayed by planning hiccup

Co-op in Out Risbygate, Bury
Co-op in Out Risbygate, Bury
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The opening of an East of England Co-op store in Bury St Edmunds has been delayed due to a planning hiccup.

A sign at the Out Risbygate store, reads: “Co-op coming to your community” – but it is yet to gain planning permission.

The East of England Co-op announced in April it was looking to open the 3,000 sqft food store near the corner of Albert Street.

But a St Edmundsbury Borough Council spokeswoman said: “We have received an incomplete planning application from the Co-op, and without the outstanding information we cannot consult with neighbours or determine the application. An important part of this information is about where delivery vehicles are going to park and unload.

“We have been chasing this information.”

Nick Denny, Executive Officer – Property for the East of England Co-op, said: “Our contractors have been working on renovating the structure of the building in readiness for a fit-out once we’ve obtained formal change of use permission from the local planning authority.”