Still no announcement on operator for Shade supermarket in Soham

Soham Superstore Site, at the junction of The Shade and Kingfisher Drive.

Soham Superstore Site, at the junction of The Shade and Kingfisher Drive. - Credit: Archant

The wait to find out which supermarket operator will open for business in Soham is set to drag on into the winter as developers continue negotiations with two interested parties.

Harrier Developments had the final details about its application, for a store in The Shade, rubbed-stamped by councillors at East Cambridgeshire District Council last night.

It was agreed that £150,000 will be spend on transport improvements, including a three-day-a-week bus service serving the town and the supermarket, with £100,000 set aside for town centre improvements.

But Harrier was no nearer to revealing the names of the supermarkets with which it is locked in negotiations at Wednesday’s meeting.

Liberal Democrat councillors had pushed Harrier for names at last month’s meeting of the planning committee but were told by the council’s legal officers that, as it is not a planning consideration, Harrier could not be forced to reveal names.

Liz Dent, of Harrier, said last month negotiations with the two interested parties may not be settled until a planning dispute in Newmarket is settled.

Soham councillor Colin Fordham said: “I am so pleased to think that this supermarket is happening to Soham, we are now the bride and not the bridesmaid. Let’s get this thing on the road.”