Store plan for site

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ALDI and Morrisons could be about to open stores in Bury St Edmunds.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee is being asked to approve plans to convert the former Lookers car dealership in Newmarket Road into a supermarket.

The planning application, which will be decided on Thursday names discount supermarket Aldi as the retailer who will take over the site.

If approved, the scheme will create 15 new jobs.

The plans have been backed by the town council.

There is, however, concern that the plan could impact on the viability of a regeneration scheme in Tayfen Road. Originallly, Aldi had been linked with that project.

Now Frontier Estates which is behind that scheme says Morrisons has shown interest in being involved in opening a store within its redevelopment.

“Wm Morrisons have confirmed their support for such a revised scheme, recognising the site as the most suitable to meet the needs of Bury St Edmunds and its catchment, while satisfying the retail issues of impact on the town centre and the sequential approach,” said Will Rees, development director for Frontier Estates.

The acquisitions manager for discount supermarket firm Lidl has also objected to the Newmarket Road scheme.

The Newmarket Road plan includes an 83-space car park with four disabled and eight parent and child spaces.