Could Aldi be a step closer to opening in Stapleford?
Stapleford could be getting an Aldi store sooner than had been thought after an application was lodged to allow the supermarket to open before accompanying houses are built.
The Post reported last month that plans had stalled for the shop to be built on the town’s Pinfold Industrial Estate, off Nottingham Road.
The supermarket chain had been in negotiations to find a house builder to build properties as part of the agreed terms of its planning permission for the site, which would bring 40 to 50 jobs.
But this had caused a hold-up, and despite planners giving the go-ahead in January, no progress had been made all year.
However, now, the firm has submitted plans to be able to open the store prior to completion of the 10 homes on the site.
Councillor John McGrath, who represents Stapleford South West on Stapleford Town Council, welcomed the news.
He said around 1,000 people had signed a petition saying they wanted Aldi to come to the town.
An artist’s impression of the new Aldi in Stapleford
He added: “There was a concern that if they put the 10 houses on the application it would cause a lot of problems.
“I hope the committee sees sense to pass this condition and that they now get on and build it, because the Co-op shut in Stapleford and an accessible store like Aldi will hopefully employ a number of local people. It should be good for the town.”
Councillor Richard MacRae, who represents Stapleford North on Stapleford Town Council and Broxtowe Borough Council, also sits on the borough council’s planning committee.**
He said: “There will be a lot of paperwork to read and I’m sure there will be a lot of comments from local residents. As a member of the planning committee I have to take all that into consideration and listening to what the planning officers have to say.”
A spokesman for Aldi said: “”Aldi has applied to remove the linking condition that states the food store cannot open to customers until all the houses on the adjacent site have been built.
“In order that Aldi can speed up the delivery of a local food store for the residents of Stapleford, an application has been submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council to amend this condition.”
**AS A MEMBER OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE COUNCILLOR RICHARD MACRAE HAS TO REMAIN IMPARTIAL TO ALL PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND NOT GET INVOLVED IN DEBATES OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL CHAMBER OTHERWISE HE WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO VOTE ON THE MATTER IN HAND.