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Newton Abbot will FINALLY get a new Aldi as design is agreed


Multi-million pound plans for a new Aldi in Newton Abbot have FINALLY been approved – six months after the council’s planners gave the store the go-ahead.
Teignbridge District Council gave the green light for a new store at Brunel Road Industrial Estate – subject to a revised acceptable design being received back in June.
The budget supermarket giant’s application also included outline plans for additional land to be developed for small business units, which will be handed over free of charge to Teignbridge District Council, and around 50 new jobs will be created when the Aldi store opens.
Now, six months later, full planning permission has been granted after an acceptable design for the store has been agreed.
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The proposed outlet would comprise a 1,140 sq m (net) foodstore with 99 car parking spaces, as well as small units for employment.

Artist impression of the new Newton Abbot Aldi
A report by council planners says: “Following the application being heard and determined by the full Planning Committee, discussions took place with the Agent and the Applicant’s Architect to revisit the design of the building.
“Officers were keen that the pleasing architectural detailing on the current red-brick building be incorporated as far as practicably possible into the two side elevations of the building. Revised plans have been received which seek to replicate the brick detailing, the bays and the current pleasing arched windows.

Artist impression of the new Newton Abbot Aldi
“It is considered that this delivers a quality development which pays due to respect to the heritage connections associated with this site and the wider railway.”
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Planners approved the Aldi scheme by 10 votes to six in June, but only after a vote to refuse the scheme ended in an 8-8 tie.
There were concerns over the loss of the railway heritage buildings , amenity of residents in neighbouring Forde Close and highways.
But backing the scheme, Rob Jones, property director for Aldi, told the meeting: “At present the site is vacant and offers nothing to the town.
“If this is supported, we will make a commitment to the council, free of charge, a site ready for employment, as without us, the site will remain vacant.

Fencing around former David and Charles site at the entrance to the Brunel Industrial Estate, Newton Abbot
“Something has to happen with the site or it will continue to decline and up to 50 people will be employed on a site that currently employs no-one.
“This application represents one last opportunity to bring the site back into economic use.”
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Speaking after the approval was granted in June, an Aldi spokesman had said: “We will now be working with officers to finalise details before the planning permission is issued.
“We know many local people are looking forward to shopping at Aldi and look forward to providing more shopping choice and new jobs in Newton Abbot.
“All being well, Aldi hopes to be on site in spring 2018 and the store could open later that year.”
Source: Devon live