New Co-op is on the way to Sutton after a delay of more than a year due to concerns about traffic and safety

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:00 25 April 2018

The new Co-op store in Sutton. Photo: East Cambs District Council

The new Co-op store in Sutton. Photo: East Cambs District Council

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A new Co-op store creating around 40 jobs alongside a takeaway shop has been given the go ahead to be built in Sutton despite traffic and safety concerns.

Planners at East Cambridgeshire District Council approved the build, at the junction of A142 Ely Road, this week.

It comes despite fears from the community of “serious congestion” and the store being an “eyesore” on the busy stretch.

It resulted in a delay in the decision for just under 18 months to resolve highway issues.

Central England Co-operative state in their plans: “We wish to develop this vacant piece of land created by the construction of the A142 and the old Ely Road B1381 to the south of the proposal.

“It would be a much needed addition the existing services available in Sutton. Care has been taken not to overdevelop the site and has been design to have a minimum impact on its surroundings.”

However, concerns about increased traffic and safety were raised by local businesses, Sutton Parish Council and district councillors.

Councillor Lorna Dupre stated in her response: “In principle the development of an additional convenience store is welcomed by many local residents. “The village of Sutton is under-provided with local amenities and further shopping provision will enhance the local offer.

“There is a concern about road safety, particularly egress onto Ely Road from the new development turning right towards the roundabout on the A142.

“I hope that the highways implications of the application can be satisfactorily addressed as the provision of an additional convenience store would be warmly welcomed in the village.”

Amberlea Country Kennels and Cattery, also based in Ely Road, added: “The increased traffic volumes from surrounding villages will almost certainly impact on the queuing and tail backs currently occurring at the interchange during rush hour periods.”

But in an officer report submitted with the decision, case officer Barbara Greenway writes: “The proposal would increase village amenity and employment opportunity, and would reduce the level of traffic entering the village to only use the existing shop. This may also help with littering issues.”

Three smaller retail units were originally set to be created alongside the store but proposals were amended earlier this year.

There will be 49 spaces, six cycle spaces and a new pedestrian crossing.

Plans were first submitted by Central England Co-operative in November 2016.

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