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Tesco withdraw planning application for Ipswich

The company behind the original Tesco development proposals in central Ipswich today withdrew their latest retail application.

The application was due to be discussed by Ipswich Borough Council’s Planning & Development Committee tomorrow. The Council’s planning officers had recommended refusal.

The Council is now keen to meet Spenhill, a subsidiary of Tesco, to discuss future plans for the site.

The Leader of the Council, Councillor David Ellesmere, said: “While we welcome the withdrawal of the planning application we now want to meet with company representatives as soon as possible to discuss their plans and the future of this important site for the town.”

Tesco decided not to develop the site last year but commissioned property agents to put it on the market. It already has planning permission for a supermarket, which was granted in 2011, but work on that has never been started.

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