Fears that a new Tesco supermarket would decimate Hadleigh’s shops have resulted in the store’s plans being narrowly defeated.
The company has pursued building on the former Brett Works site for more than a decade, but today their ambitions were dealt what could be a fatal blow, as members of Babergh District Council’s planning committee rejected the proposals by seven votes to six.
Following three-hours of discussions councillors decided they could not gamble on the future of the town’s economy by allowing the 2,500 square metre store to go ahead.
“Tesco would do more harm than good,” said councillor David Busby.
“If we get the decision wrong and the high street goes down, we will never get it back.”