Page last updated at 12:56 GMT, Wednesday, 31 March 2010 13:56 UK

Factory and store plans for King's Lynn 'delayed'

A supermarket and a food producer which want a store and factory on the same land say the plans are being delayed.

Sainsbury's wants to build a new superstore, along with frozen foods maker Pinguin which wants a £7m factory extension, on land in King's Lynn.

West Norfolk Borough Council said a special meeting had been called in June to consider the plans.

Sainsbury's said the project is delayed by Tesco, which is preparing plans to expand its store near Pinguin's site.

Council leader Nick Daubney denied the projects were being delayed. He said the authority realised the importance of the plans for the supermarket and factory extension.

Pinguin said the current factory, which employs 340 people, needed upgrading and a new expanded production area was required.

Developers waiting

Sainsbury's, which already has a store in the town, said it needed a superstore to cope with growing demand.

A spokesman said plans for the store, a petrol station and car parking on 44 acres of land owned by Morston Assets plc had been submitted to the borough council.

The development would release up to £7m for Pinguin to upgrade its factory.

Mr Daubney said: "The council has called a special planning meeting in June and the projects are on the table so a decision will be made then."

Tesco have also said it wants to expand its store, which is also near the new development, but it has yet to present its plans.

Mr Daubney said: "The council has called a special planning meeting in June and the projects are on the table so a decision will be made then."



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