Suffolk

Lowestoft Tramway Tesco plan delayed by councillors

Tramway Hotel, Lowestoft
Image caption The Tramway Hotel is at the end of an old tram route in Lowestoft

Plans to convert a former pub and hotel in Suffolk into a Tesco store could still be halted, campaigners claim.

The supermarket giant wants to redevelop the Tramway pub at Pakefield in Lowestoft.

An extension to the building has been approved but councillors decided a separate application would be needed for a change in its use.

The Waveney council committee decision went against a planning report's recommendation.

Tesco has said a store would be "popular" but campaigners have pledged to continue fighting the plan.

'Great day'

John Ward, of the Save the Tramway campaign, said he was pleased with the decision.

A Tesco Express store on the site would create up to 20 jobs, the firm said.

In a statement, it said it was pleased a proposed extension had been approved.

Former Waveney MP Bob Blizzard (Labour) said Tesco would be "defying" the will of the elected councillors if it went ahead with the plan.

Sonia Barker, district and county councillor for Pakefield, said the committee's actions were courageous.

"They stood against the recommendations of the officials at the district council and this was a great day for democracy," she said.

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