People living in Chellaston are to get an Aldi store after the discount retailer received the go-ahead to create a brand new supermarket, which will create up to 40 jobs.
South Derbyshire District Council has approved plans by the discount supermarket chain to build the store off Swarkestone Road.
It will form part of a new local centre that will also feature three other retail units, along with parking for 136 vehicles.
It will be built on land, close to the Bonnie Prince pub roundabout off the A514 and next to a new housing estate that is being constructed on the outskirts of Chellaston.
The site already had outline planning permission for a food store, which was granted in 2013. But now full permission has been given.
Once open, the store, which will have a trading area of 1,554 sq metres, will trade from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Aldi said that store, which represents a “multi-million pound investment” will create 20 full-time jobs and 20 part-time positions, with the majority of roles being “locally sourced”.
The firm added that around 100 jobs in the construction sector would be supported in the building phase.
The area within the red line shows where the new Aldi supermarket and three retail units will be built
A schedule has not yet been set for the building work and it is not yet known when Aldi is planning to open the new Chellaston store.
In planning documents submitted by STOAS Architects, on behalf of Aldi Stores Ltd, it said: “The constraints of this site demand a carefully detailed scheme which respects its sensitive location, adjacent housing, and providing a quality site frontage, with diverse landscaping to enhance the views into the site and beyond.
“The development will strengthen the retail mix within the locale, increase main food store provision and help meet the retail needs of the resident local catchment area by enhancing consumer choice, in accordance with sustainability objectives.
“We believe the proposals represent a well thought out and sensitive response to the constraints of the site.
The development will have 136 parking spaces
“The store provides an amenity to the local area which is currently lacking, along with the creation of local jobs. Aldi looks forward to becoming a considerate neighbour and a valued part of the local community.”
Aldi submitted its latest application back in December. But before it did so, it carried out a public consultation, which invited local residents to fill out forms giving their feedback to the proposals.
According to Aldi, out of the 178 respondents, 151 were in favour of the plans.
The planning documents said: “Of the respondents who offered their support to the scheme, many provided specific reasons for supporting the proposal.
Aldi has opened a number of new stores in Derby and Derbyshire in recent years
“This included the convenience of the location of the store and the added benefit the store would have for the area.
“In terms of objection, concerns and additional comments, the most frequently raised reservations were related to general traffic, and the access to the wider development.
“Overall, the feedback regarding the proposed store has been very positive.”
In recent years, Aldi has opened a number of new stores across Derby and Derbyshire. It has also been busy revamping existing outlets.
How the completed Aldi distribution centre at Sawley will look
In Derby, Aldi now has stores in Uttoxeter New Road, the Meteor Retail Park, Nottingham Road, Chaddesden and Coleman Street, Alvaston. Another store is planned for a new retail park in Burton Road, called College Retail Park, which it aims to have open by February.
Outside of Derby, Aldi has opened stores at Hilton, Belper, Heanor, Ilkeston, Alfreton and Swadlincote.
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Locally, it is also building a massive distribution centre at Sawley Crossroads, near Sawley, that could create up to 1,000 jobs. The 600,000 sq ft centre will serve existing and planned new stores throughout the Midlands.
The German-owned discounter currently has 726 UK stores – but it is aiming to have 1,000 by 2022 as its looks to grow its market share, which currently stands at 6.9%.
It is the the fifth-biggest supermarket in the UK after Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.
Source: Derby Telegraph