Tuesday, September 22, 2015

News: Aldi update Maltby plans

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Plans for a new Rotherham Aldi store have been updated again with Britain's fastest growing grocer hoping to open a larger retail outlet at Maltby.

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. Planning permission was secured in 2014 but the plans were updated to vary conditions to the original approved plans. Minor amendments were made with revised site layouts, elevations and landscaping plans, taking the net sales area from 1,000 sq m to just over 1,100 sq m.

Aldi Stores Ltd has now purchased the 1.58 acre brownfield site and have submitted a new planning application for a slightly larger store to allow for a warehouse extension. The sales area is not set to increase from 1,100 sq m from a gross internal area of 1,852 sq m.

The increase is not expected to impact on traffic or parking demand, although parking spaces have been reduced from 94 to 93.

The initial plans, drawn up by Planning Portal, estimated that the development would result in the creation of 35 - 40 jobs. This has now been increased to 50 based on Aldi's current employment figures for new stores.

The applicants add that they do not consider that there will be a detrimental impact to Maltby town centre given that people are still set to visit the town for "top-up" purchases and that there is the potential for shoppers to make linked trips creating spin off trade from Aldi.

Th plans conclude: "The warehouse enlargement proposal to increase storage capacity will be of significant benefit to the Aldi operation to assist in fulfilling customer needs.

"There are many additional benefits of an Aldi store, such as providing an essential facility to its surrounding community. Indeed, there is a lack of provision in the area for existing residents, the proposal will enhance choice and competition within the area due to its proximity and accessibility to the town centre, will also bring benefit to Maltby as a whole."

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

At a recent meeting of the planning board, the retailer's updated plans for a new store at Bramley were approved.

Aldi website

Images: Harris Partnership / Aldi

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