The Co-operative Group has applied for a premises licence to sell alcohol at the yet-to-be-demolished Reepham Motors site on School Road.
This surprising development seems to indicate that the proposed convenience store on the former garage site could be a Co-op supermarket – not a Tesco as had been widely rumoured and also suggested at Reepham Town Council’s meeting in November.
A planning application to build a convenience store was withdrawn in early January by the applicant, Northhold Group, a Manchester-based property developer.
No further plans have been submitted to Broadland District Council.
“Apparently, it is not a requirement to have an approved planning application to apply for an alcohol licence,” explained Graham Everett, District Councillor for Reepham. “Obviously, however, if a licence is granted it becomes irrelevant unless the premises are built.”
Co-operative Group’s head office is in Manchester.
See our earlier stories:
- Supermarket plans withdrawn
- Town centre supermarket could ‘tip the retail balance’
- Plans for convenience store on School Road garage site