Plans for new Carlisle Aldi a step closer
Last updated at 12:16, Wednesday, 09 October 2013
Multi-million pound plans for a new supermarket creating up to 30 new jobs have moved a step closer.
Discount retailer Aldi revealed in July that it wanted to build a third Carlisle store on part of the former Laing site in Dalston Road.
The firm has now lodged its proposals with Carlisle City Council planners, which include a single-storey 1,140 sq m store, a 101-space car park, tree-planting and landscaping.
Aldi said the plans respond to specific local requests and ideas about how the land, which has been redundant for several years, could be developed.
The retailer insisted that one section of the site behind neighbouring houses on Dalston Road has been protected to create new separate parking bays for private use by residents.
And vehicle access to the store has been improved by earmarking a right-hand-turn lane along Dalston Road.
Aldi also said the design of the shop has been “carefully considered” to positively contribute to the character of the local area while offering a modern shopping environment.
Meanwhile, the supermarket chain has revealed that feedback from the community to its public exhibition was positive, with 85 per cent of responses in support of the project.
It added that the majority of backing focuses on the increased choice the store would deliver and the regeneration of a vacant “eyesore” site, as well as the creation of up to 30 jobs.
An Aldi spokesman said: “We are encouraged by the very positive feedback we have already received from local residents and are excited about introducing a new discount food store to this part of Carlisle.
“We feel this is a great opportunity to offer residents a genuine choice when it comes to completing their shopping, as there is no comparable discount retailer in the vicinity and residents are travelling out of the local area to meet their shopping needs. Following the feedback at the public exhibition, we have developed our plans for the site to ensure we can deliver a high-quality store which will regenerate this redundant site, respect neighbouring amenity as well as providing new jobs and a multi-million pound investment in the area.”
Councillor Hugh McDevitt, who represents Denton Holme, will be one of the city council’s decision-makers. He previously said the scheme would be of “great benefit to everyone in the area” if handled sympathetically.
For further details about the project, phone Aldi on 0800 298 7040.
First published at 11:42, Wednesday, 09 October 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Not too sure we need another Supermarket, there seems to be plenty around. What I'd like to see is more Toby Carvery/Harry Ramsden type establishments. I'm sure the demand is there, it would create jobs, etc and clean up some of the eyesore areas of town.
Piglet, Next time you go past, have a look at the sign. The (rather crude)S to which you refer has been added with black adhesive tape. Next time I am drive by, I may just stop and peel it off.
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