Aldi’s plans to build a store in Wetherby are due to be discussed at an area planning meeting today (June 19).
Members of the North and East plans panel are meeting to give feedback on the proposal for a store on Sandbeck Lane, however no decisions will be made.
Leeds City Council (LCC) planning officers will, however, provide a position statement, seeking opinions from members on some aspects of the application, including the proposed design.
According to the supermarket chain, which this week received planning permission for a store on Harrogate Retail Park, the plans have received a high level of local support.
A spokesperson said: “We are encouraged by the very high level of local support registered for our plans to date and are excited about the prospect of introducing a new discount food store in Wetherby, which will offer local residents a genuine choice when it comes to completing their weekly shopping.
“We are pleased that planning officers have no objection to the principle of providing a new discount food store on this site as we have worked hard to achieve a design and layout which respects neighbouring amenity.”
The plans were first displayed to the public at a public exhibition in November 2013 and 86 per cent of the formal feedback received supported the application.
After a formal planning application was submitted in March 2014, 169 Wetherby residents wrote to LCC to support Aldi’s proposal which, according to the chain, would deliver an improved shopping choice the store and a multi-million pound investment to the area, creating 30 new jobs. However, 13 letters of objection have also been submitted.
At the meeting today, members are being asked to consider the significant package of highway improvements offered by Aldi’s proposal, including a new roundabout at the junction of Sandbeck Lane and Deighton Road and a crossing on Deighton Road.
Ward Coun John Procter, who is on the panel, said: “Representatives came to see me last year and I was very quick to flag up some quite obvious issues with the designs at that time. From the plans that I have seen most recently they appear to have addressed most of those.”
Aldi reduced the height of its store by 1.5m and, after further discussion with neighbours and planning officers, re-positioned the store further away from neighbouring boundaries to ensure neighbours’ views are not dramatically affected.
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