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Expanded Ipswich Lidl looks set to be approved by borough council's planning committee next week

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A major supermarket chain looks set to be given the go-ahead by Ipswich's planners to build a bigger store in a much needed jobs boost for the town.

Ipswich Borough Council's planning committee are being advised by council officers to approve the new Lidl in Nacton Road's Futura Park, at its meeting on Wednesday.

If given the green light the new supermarket it will replace the existing store in Ravenswood District Centre, at the opposite side of the road, which has been serving customers in the town since 2006.

Ipswich could soon have a new Lidl at Futura Park in Nacton Road if councillors give plans the go-ahead. Picture: Lidl
Ipswich could soon have a new Lidl at Futura Park in Nacton Road if councillors give plans the go-ahead. Picture: Lidl

Joe Caunt, senior acquisitions consultant at the supermarket, said the current store had become too small and they needed to expand to 'continue to effectively meet the needs of our customers'.

Mr Caunt said the new store would almost double the size of thexistingng Nacton Road supermarket, will create a bigger car park as well as a larger and more accessible shopping experience.

"A new store is the most practical opportunity to address the deficiencies of the existing store in the absence of a viable extension option," he said.

"We currently employ 27 persons at the store. Our larger store will increase this number to 45, which will be largely drawn from the local community offering important economic and social benefits for the area, which will no doubt be warmly welcomed in a time of economic uncertainty."

The existing store rakes in more than £11m in turnover every year, but the supermarket expects that to go up by around £4m.

And according to planning documents, the supermarkets which will be most affected by its expansion would be Sainsbury's in Warren Heath, Aldi in Felixstowe Road, and Waitrose in Futura Park.

Planning officers have said in their report subject to the supermarket chain completing a legal agreement and certain conditions it set out, it would be acceptable for it to be built.

The planning committee will make its decision whether of not the store can be built on Wednesday.

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