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Mixed views to new Aldi store

Richard Williams,  who is against plans to replace a care home with an Aldi supermarket. The care home is on Batley Road, behind his house.

Richard Williams, who is against plans to replace a care home with an Aldi supermarket. The care home is on Batley Road, behind his house.

Plans to build a new supermarket in Alverthorpe have received a mixed reaction.

Aldi is currently putting together a planning application to build a store on Batley Road.

The premises could replace a former respite care home, between Larkspur Way and Conway Road.

The company has said it would create up to 30 local jobs and has received support from neighbours after it held a public consultation last week.

But residents, whose homes back on to the proposed site, fear the store will devalue property prices and increase traffic.

Father-of-two Richard Williams, 37, of Gentian Court, said: “I never expected a five metre building to be built five feet from my back garden.

“Batley Road will end up with a lot more traffic and there are two schools very close by.”

Plans, which are expected to be submitted in “the next few months”, include “high quality glazing and rendering to give a clean, crisp look to the building” and 86 car parking spaces.

Aldi property director Mark Taylor said: “Careful consideration has been given to all the planning issues, including those that have been raised by some residents concerning traffic generation, anti-social behaviour and boundary treatments.

“Public consultation is on-going with 130 comments received to date, of whom 88 per cent are in support of the new Aldi store.”

Today is the last day for people to have their say by emailing aldiconsultation@planningpotential.co.uk

 

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