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New Taverham supermarket given the green light bringing 368 new jobs

PUBLISHED: 16:43 08 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:56 08 January 2014

The site of the proposed development in Taverham.

The site of the proposed development in Taverham.

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Plans to build a new supermarket, restaurant and petrol station in Taverham were given the go-ahead today with 10 out of 14 councillors voting in favour of the new complex.

The site, at Taverham Nursery Centre on Fir Covert Road, is to be transformed into a 45,000sq ft supermarket, a 12 pump filling station and a “lifestyle leisure unit”, with a cookery school, offices and shops, and a new restaurant.

Developers Scott Properties said this will bring more business to the existing garden centre, together with hundreds of new jobs for the area.

The 5.2-acre development is within an area of landscape value and beyond Taverham’s current settlement limits.

Councillors at Broadland District Council’s planning meeting delegated authority to approve the scheme to their head of planning.

But they did express concerns about the additional petrol station, which they said could take business away from Taverham’s four existing filling stations.

Wayne Powell, who lives opposite the site and spoke at the meeting, had asked: “Why another supermarket? We have supermarkets within a five minute driver from here, and many now offer home delivery services.”

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