Planners call for Whitchurch Aldi superstore refusal

Reporter:

Emily Davies

A MAJOR supermarket development in Whitchurch should not go ahead, according to a Shropshire Council chief.

Principal planning officer Karen Townend said Aldi’s proposal to build a new store off Wrexham Road would have “an adverse impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre”.

However, in her report, which was released yesterday afternoon ahead of next Tuesday’s North Shropshire planning committee meeting, she said the impact would not be “significant”.

She continued: “The site, taking into account the proposed shopper bus, is not well connected to the town centre to encourage linked trips and use of alternative means of travel other than the private car.

“Furthermore, the application site lies in a historic and rural landscape context and the proposed development is considered to have an adverse impact on the significance of the setting of the non-designated heritage asset and an adverse impact on the immediate landscape.

“The heritage and landscape impacts are not considered to be overcome by mitigation offered by the proposed landscaping or finish material for the building.

“Furthermore, these impacts, in addition to the impact on the town centre and the impact on connectivity, are not considered to be outweighed by the public benefits of the development.”

It comes following a 10-month dispute between Aldi and its rival Lidl, which said the new store would have a negative impact on its existing town-centre outlet.

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  • stuartkozyra

    23:11, 03 January 2018

    again having read negative comments from council planners saying the aldi appication is on a historic and rural landscape did they have the same thoughts when approving the housing development along wrexham road just yards from where aldi want to build a store i think not all i see in the town now is any greenland is being built on overcrowding the towns schools, doctors, roads your all a joke on the chamber of trade and council planning you should be sacked.

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