Not just any old shop but a Marks and Spencer food store wins approval for Littleport

Jonathan and Rebecca James

Jonathan and Rebecca James - Credit: Archant

A branch of Marks and Spencer has been given the all clear to open in Littleport after plans submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council were approved.

Plans were entered in January to open a Simply Food outlet at the BP garage, in Wisbech Road.

Businessman Jonathan James applied for permission to install signs four Marks and Spencer on the premises, as well as for Wild Bean Café.

Littleport Parish Council backed the plans and district council planning officers also agreed, approved the plans this week.

It will be the second Simply Food outlet in East Cambridgeshire, following the retailer’s move into the BP service station in Witchford Road, Ely.

The move comes just months after Mr James won planning permission to extend the sales area of the BP garage.

The petrol station was granted planning permission in 2009 and Mr James applied last year to extend the forecourt sales building by three metres, to accommodate more stock.

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Agents acting for Mr James told the council that the extension to the sales building was to house an increase in storage for products, to allow for the relocation of customer toilets and to replace refrigeration units.

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