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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Decision today on Aldi's bid for third Carlisle store

Aldi hopes to get the go-ahead for its third Carlisle store today.

Aldi site Carlisle photo
The site on Dalston Road

The budget chain’s plans for a 1,500sq m supermarket on Dalston Road are being recommended for approval.

Members of Carlisle City Council’s development control committee will consider the proposals for a second time.

They had been due to rule on them in April, but deferred making a decision so that an independent study into the scheme’s impact on traffic could be carried out.

That has concluded that the firm’s plans to have an access from Dalston Road on to the site, the former headquarters of construction company Laing’s, is acceptable. The highways authority has also not objected.

An Aldi spokesman said: “We hope that members of the development control committee have all the information they need and will be able to support Aldi’s application, which we believe offers a real opportunity to improve local shopping choice on a longstanding derelict site and which will help to encourage future regeneration of the wider site.”

The new store would create about 30 jobs, adding to those in existing outlets on Kingstown and London Roads.

Elsewhere, another budget retailer, Poundland, hopes to get the go-ahead for a second Carlisle store, at the St Nicholas Gate Retail Park off London Road. About 20 jobs would be created.

A new Asda, Iceland and B&M Stores, have also opened at the revamped retail park.

Poundland’s existing city centre store would remain open if the new development – in a unit previously occupied by Asda before its £5m new store elsewhere on the site was created – gets the go-ahead.

An application to vary planning conditions to allow non-food goods to be sold from the unit Poundland wants to occupy will go before the development control committee today with a recommendation for approval.

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