Aldi submits new plans for supermarket in Burpham

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By mattcollison | Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 11:57

A DERELICT site in the heart of Burpham could soon be turned into an Aldi supermarket.

The German-owned discount food supermarket chain has submitted a planning application to Guildford Borough Council to build the store on the former site of the Green Man pub and restaurant in London Road.

Aldi bought the site in 2006, and the pub was demolished in 2009. But it has remained a derelict  site without planning consent, raising concerns among residents.

Aldi says the proposals, which include a 71-space car park behind the 1,380 square metre store, will create up to 30 new jobs.

GBC is consulting residents for its views on the plans with comments to be received by November 2.

Aldi said in a statement: "The scheme follows a number of years of discussions with officers at both Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council and it is agreed that the principle of an Aldi foodstore is acceptable in planning terms.

"Aldi has also sough to engage with the local community prior to submission and have been encouraged with the considerable support shown for the proposals."

In 2007 Aldi prepared a planning application for a store with 12 homes above it but decided not to proceed after residents raised concerns about overdevelopment, the store's design and traffic problems.

Residents have objected to the site being used for retail purposes, describing the proposed design as "uninspiring and bland".

John Noon, of London Road, Burpham,  said: "This proposed development has been shoehorned into a piece of land that is completely inappropriate."

But other residents expressed support for the scheme, arguing it would benefit the town and rid the area of an eyesore.

A decision is expected to be made by December 24.

Would you like to see an Aldi open in Burpham? Leave your comments below.

 

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  • Profile image for joannereeder

    I think it is a wonderful idea. I for one would shop there. Times are hard now and this would benefit alot of people. I certainly do agree with the person (mwoodhatch) that it does sound like snobbery. If it was M&S then they would be all for it. There is nothing worse than a derelict area. A Waste of space. Its about time other supermarkets had a bit of competition.
    Definitely all for it.

    By joannereeder at 19:57 on 29/11/12

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  • Profile image for mwoodhatch

    Of course it was a shame to see the historical Green Man pub disappear but the fact is it has . Moving on this redevelopment will bring much needed investment during difficult economic times , provide employment and also competition to the established supermarkets in the area .Cant help thinking there is a certain degree of retail snobbery from some sides and wonder if such objection would be met if we were talking Waitrose or Marks and Spencer and not Aldi ?

    By mwoodhatch at 19:52 on 19/10/12

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