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Planners throw out scheme for North Walsham supermarket and petrol station

PUBLISHED: 12:32 23 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:32 23 January 2014

The Marricks Wire Ropes site at North Walsham.

The Marricks Wire Ropes site at North Walsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

Plans for another edge-of-town supermarket in North Walsham have been thrown out this morning.

Councillors decided that applicants Scott Properties were not offering enough to the town to mitigate the impact of their proposed store, with a net sales area of about 39,000 sq ft, and petrol station.

North Norfolk District Council’s development committee voted 10-3 in favour of their officers’ recommendation that the application, for the former Marrick’s Wire Ropes site, on Cromer Road, should be refused.

Scott Properties disputed the findings of a retail consultant, commissioned by the council, who concluded that the store would have a “significant adverse impact” on North Walsham town centre. The consultant predicted that the store, coupled with the nearby Waitrose which opened in November 2012, would take nearly half the town centre’s trade away.

The council wanted Scott Properties to pay for mitigation measures worth £750,000. The firm offered a final package worth £485,000. It included £100,000 for three hours free parking for two years, £50,000 to buy a Hopper bus, transporting people from villages into the town, and £50,000 to redecorate shop fronts.

■ For a report on the debate buy tomorrow’s EDP.

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