Spokesperson unable to confirm Co-operative will come back with fresh Stradbroke plan

Stradbroke, Suffolk. Empty land in Queen's Street, Stradbroke ANL-141126-162153001

Stradbroke, Suffolk. Empty land in Queen's Street, Stradbroke ANL-141126-162153001

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A spokesperson for the East of England Co-operative has been unable to confirm whether the food retailer will submit fresh plans for a store in Stradbroke.

The chain had planned to invest £1.6 million into building a new store, which would have created about 24 full and part-time jobs, in Queen Street, but withdrew the application a number of months ago.

A spokesperson for the Co-op confirmed the application “would not be progressed”, but did not reveal whether this spelled the end of their interest in opening a store in the village.

Stradbroke Parish Council vice chairman, Oliver Last, said reaction from residents had been “mixed”.

“Some were for and some were against it,” he said.

“People were not against Co-operative itself, but the choice of site.

“I think some shops in the village understandably have concerns because of potential loss of trade, and I don’t think it would do the Spar shop any favours either.”

The chain revealed their plans to the village in December 2014 at a public meeting, where more than 100 people attended. Concerns on the night were raised over the safety of children and road users, and the sustainability of other shops and businesses.

Stradbroke Parish Council had recommended refusal on the plans in February.

The village had been without a shop for a year, but the Spar, located in Church Street, reopened at the start of November 2014.