Calls for houses to be built on the site where Tesco was refused permission for a supermarket in Hadleigh have drawn support from the town’s mayor.
Brian Lazenby did, however, say any plan would need to be carefully designed to reduce damage from potential flooding.
“The land could be used for some form of housing, but the rooms would have to be on the first floor with garages underneath, as that area is liable to flood,” he said.
“The more concrete that is put up there, the greater the risk.”
Hands Off Hadleigh campaigner Jan Byrne and district councillor Mary Munson both suggested the former Brett Works site could be used for sheltered housing, after Tesco revealed it would not appeal against the decision to refuse plans for a store on the land.
Mr Lazenby said one of the factors going against the supermarket in 2000, when proposals were rejected by Babergh District Council, was the risk of flooding.
“I was mayor at that time as well and seconded the refusal,” he said. “I have always been totally against the plans for a Tesco.”
Tesco has pledged to explore alternative options for the site with the community and local councils.