Aldi to push ahead with Wetherby store

Artist's impression of the proposed Aldi store planned for the former Vauxhall dealership in Wetherby. (S)
Artist's impression of the proposed Aldi store planned for the former Vauxhall dealership in Wetherby. (S)
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Discount supermarket chain Aldi is finalising its plans for a store in Wetherby after an “encouraging” public consultation.

And bosses say they will be submitting their formal application for the former Nidd Vale care showroom in Sandbeck Lane, to Leeds City Council in the next few weeks.

An Aldi spokesman said: “We are delighted with how many residents attended the exhibition and are encouraged by the overwhelming support received from local residents.

“We are now considering the feedback and hope to finalise the proposals and submit the planning application to Leeds City Council in the coming weeks.”

They added that the consultation at Wetherby Town Hall was attended by 188 local residents.

“The feedback received has been very supportive with almost 87 per cent of respondents to date supporting the proposal in principle,” added the spokesman.

“The main areas of support have been that residents feel Wetherby needs another foodstore to encourage competition with existing supermarkets and to introduce a variety of shopping choices.

“Residents also regularly commented that the proposal site is in a convenient location and would reduce the need to travel out of town to complete their shopping.”

Last May Leeds Council kicked out plans for a 24-hour Asda superstore on land near Sandbeck Lane and for a Sainsbury store on the entrance to Wetherby last year.

If allowed to go ahead the Aldi store could create 30 new jobs.

Coun Alan Lamb said of the Aldi proposal: “It is a very positive sign for Wetherby that firms such as Aldi are keen to locate in the town.

“As a principle I think more choice and competition is a good thing but it has to be fair and sustainable.

“I would encourage all residents to complete the neighbourhood plan questionnaires they will be receiving this week which address questions such as supermarket provision.

“No planning application has been submitted as yet. We will ensure that if one is forthcoming that the views of all members of the community are heard and taken into account.”

Anyone who was not able to attend the consultation can find out more by phoning the freephone infomation line on 0800 298 7040.