Aldi would be "detrimental" to traders say councillors


Barrie White

Whitchurch Town Council’s planning committee believes Aldi’s proposed plans for a new store would be “detrimental to the town centre and existing traders” and has objected to it.
Plans for the supermarket, in Wrexham Road, were submitted to Shropshire Council last week, and include the creation of 40 jobs, plus works to extend the 30mph zone, install vehicle-activated signs and create a right-turn lane into the site.
They went in front of Whitchurch councillors for comment at their meeting on Wednesday.
Councillors John Sinnott, Bev Duffy, Terry O’Neill and Brooke Slater heard from members of the public, including Simon Lyon from Whitchurch’s Chamber of Commerce.
In its summary, which will be put to the full town council meeting in April, the councillors said: ”While WTC would welcome the addition of Aldi to Whitchurch we believe that the proposed site is unsuitable because:
“It is on a greenfield site outside of the SAMDev.
“It is close to a roundabout that is on a very busy that has had a high number of RTCs.
“It is not on a road that is well-connected to the town centre and that already has traffic problems.
“It will have a highly detrimental effect on the town centre and existing traders.
“It does not pass the sequential test as there are other sites available within the development boundary including brownfield sites.”
Mr Lyon had earlier told embers during a public session that Aldi’s plans failed the sequential test as he felt there was land better suited to the building of a new supermarket.
He included land opposite Sainsbury’s in London Road and addressed the claim by Aldi that land in Waymills was not suitable by asking how Hombase had coped.
A decision is expected from Shropshire Council by June 9.
Meanwhile, extensions at two properties in Pear Tree Lane were supported while more details were requested for the two-storey rear extension and a single garage/workshop in Terrick Road.

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