Wednesday, May 13, 2015

News: Rotherham Aldi plans updated

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Plans for two more Aldi supermarket developments in Rotherham have been updated.

An Aldi store is proposed as part of a new mixed use regeneration scheme for the site of the council depot and Lantern Engineering Ltd at Muglet Lane in Maltby and another 1,000 sq m store is proposed on land at Sheffield Road between Swallownest and Fence (cgi above), a development plot as part of the wider Aston Manor estate which was developed for residential purposes in the late 1990s.

Both proposals secured planning permission in 2014 but the plans have been updated to vary conditions to the original approved plans. Minor amendments have been made with revised site layouts, elevations and landscaping plans for both sites.

The plans, drawn up by consultants, Planning Potential, state: "Since securing planning permission ... Aldi Stores Limited have undertaken a detailed design review of the approved scheme in response to more efficient construction practices and to meet future operational needs. The process has resulted in a series of proposed minor material changes to the scheme.

"Given the current economic conditions and in an era of changing consumer shopping habits, Aldi Stores Limited have reviewed the format of the approved foodstore to meet these challenges and the requirements of its customers. As a consequence, it has been necessary to increase the scale of the proposed foodstore."

Both stores are set to have an increased floorspace in line with Aldi's business requirements, taking the net sales area from 1,000 sq m to just over 1,100 sq m.

At Maltby a potential new vehicular and pedestrian access point to the development site from the North has been identified and car parking is set to be reduced from 97 to 94 spaces. At Swallownest, parking bays are set to be reduced from 2.7m to 2.5m to allow for the increase in floorspace and reconfiguration of parking layout without compromising the parking provision.

The plans state that the reason for the increase in sales area is to provide additional space to provide stock on the sales floor. Aldi stores provide the same product range across every store and the only alteration is the quantity of each product held on the shop floor. It adds that the "key benefit delivered by a larger Aldi store is the reduced demand for constant replenishment and the reduction in the potential for the sales floor to be out of stock forcing customers either to make a return trip or wait for the stock to be placed on shelves."

A further Rotherham store is currently being constructed at Parkgate and plans have been approved for a 1,000 sq m store on land currently occupied by lighting and conservatory retail units on Bawtry Road at Bramley.

Each store is expected to create around 40 jobs.

The UK arm of the German retailer now has over 500 stores, having not had any before 1990.

Aldi website

Images: Harris Partnership / Aldi

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