Aldi submits new plans for supermarket in Burpham
By mattcollison | Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 11:57
A DERELICT site in the heart of Burpham could soon be turned into an Aldi supermarket.
Aldi hopes to open a store in Burpham.
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.
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