Tesco is planning a 60,000 sq ft superstore, 250 houses, hotel, private medical centre, three small shops on a 30 acre field in Walton High Street. European MP Richard Howitt has voiced concerns about the environmental impacts of such a large building project and the impact the scheme would have on the existing town centre and small local shops.
A group has been formed to fight the proposal by Walton Green Partnership to build a Tesco store on land in Walton Felixstowe. A group, "WALTON FELIXSTOWE COMMUNITY FIRST" or WFCF, has been set up. Our aims are not just to oppose the building of the Tesco store but also to encourage the redevelopment of Walton High Road and Felixstowe Town Centre.
In February 2013 Tesco admitted that its 30,000sq ft supermarket at Walton Green will take at least £4 million a year of people’s spending in the town centre. Of that sum, £1.7m would be from its own Tesco Metro, with the rest from Iceland, Marks and Spencer and the Co-op.