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Breckland Retail Park

In January 2018, planning application 3PL/2017/0949/F was granted for a retail park to be built on the side of the old Viking / Tulip site on London Road. Construction started in the summer of the same year.

The development includes seven retail units and car parking. Also included is cycle parking, a cycle path alongside London Road, and a new traffic-light-controlled pedestrian crossing of London Road. To help avoid a detrimental effect on Thetford Town Centre, Planning Condition 13 requires than any business locating to the Retail Park that also has retail space in the Town Centre must keep their Town Centre store open for at least five more years. However, this condition seems to be largely worthless, as in 2022 an application to set it aside to allow Hughes Electrical to move their Town Centre store to the retail park was successful.

As of June 2023, the following stores are open on the retail park:

The Thetford B&M Store (including a garden centre) opened on Friday 19th July 2019.
The new Greggs store opened in the unit at the front of the site around 19th July 2019.
Home Bargains
The Thetford Home Bargains Store opened on Saturday 27th July 2019.
The Food Warehouse
The Iceland-owned chain opened its Thetford Food Warehouse store in January 2020.
The Thetford Hughes Store moved from King Street to the retail park in in November 2022.

As part of the planning permission, the developers were required to provide a short section of the proposed London Road Cycle Path, between Caxton Way and the eastern end of the Forest Retail Park. Unfortunately, this section is not connected to the rest of the Thetford Connect Cycle Network, so it only of limited use. A lack of firm plans by Norfolk County Council prevented them from insisting that the developer provided any more of the route.