Decision on controversial Co-op plan in Ixworth is deferred for site visit

AGW Fordham and Son Ltd car showroom
AGW Fordham and Son Ltd car showroom
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A decision on controversial plans for a Co-op food store in Ixworth, which led to a petition signed by more than 1,600 people against the move, has been deferred.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee today deferred the matter for a site visit to further consider the plans to convert a car showroom at Fordham’s Garage, in the High Street, into the shop. The garage will continue to operate at the site.

The move attracted 37 letters of objection with concerns over increases in traffic noise, anti-social behaviour and harm to the existing shops.

Adrian Chapman, of Chapman Stores, organised the petition.

Meanwhile, there were six letters of support and two with comments.

A retail assessment report found that the Co-op would ‘draw trade from the major stores in Bury rather than the existing convenience good stores in Ixworth’. Council officers, who recommended the plan for approval, said it is of ‘an appropriate scale, design and layout to be safe, secure and preventative of crime’ and ‘will not create significantly more additional noise’.