Chatteris councillors lodge no objections to Aldi application

Chatteris town sign ANL-150322-161320009
Chatteris town sign ANL-150322-161320009
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Budget store Aldi’s bid to extend the former Co-operative store in Chatteris has been given the thumbs -up by town councillors.

Chatteris Town Councillors lodged no objections to the firm’s plans for the Bridge Street store during a meeting on June 16.

Residents no longer have access to a large supermarket after the Co-op shut its doors earlier this year.

Aldi has applied to Fenland District Council to put up a new entrance lobby with canopy.

It has also applied for an extension to form a new loading bay and the formation of a service yard.

Aldi is hoping to start building work in the autumn and hopes to create 50 new jobs.

A town council spokesman said: “Mindful of Chatteris residents’ frustration at the lack of a reasonable sized supermarket in the town, the town council decided to do all it could to ensure there was no delay in the planning process – hence the decision to call a special meeting.

“The town council raised no objections to the planning application, although councillors did request that any trees removed should be replaced with new trees elsewhere on the site.

“The town council is only a consultee in the planning process”

An Aldi spokesperson said: “Aldi is currently in the process of submitting a planning application for a new store in Chatteris.

“Conversion works are due to start in the autumn, with the new store opening in the first quarter of 2016, bringing up to 50 new jobs to the area.

“Aldi is looking forward to moving forward with the development of the new store in Chatteris to bring quality, value and variety to shoppers.”