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Tesco oversees 70m redevelopment in Ipswich

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The superstore plans must now go to the government for approval

A £70m redevelopment of a three-acre derelict site in Suffolk, which includes a Tesco superstore and will create 900 jobs, has been approved.

Ipswich Borough Council backed the Tesco proposals which also include 129 apartments, two hotels and four shops on Grafton Way in the town.

The council's deputy leader John Carnall welcomed the development.

The plans must now go before the government's regional office Go East to get final approval.

The developers will have to pay more than £4m in contributions towards the local infrastructure.

Mr Carnall said: "It's going to bring £70m into Ipswich, regenerate a derelict area and create hundreds of jobs during a time of recession."

The riverside site near Ipswich railway station has been derelict for about five years since a B&Q warehouse was closed.

The development will include a 706-space car park.

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