Planning permission granted for new Aldi supermarket to be built in Cirencester

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Planning permission granted for new Aldi supermarket to be built in Cirencester Planning permission granted for new Aldi supermarket to be built in Cirencester

A PRICE war could break out in Cirencester after a budget supermarket is set to be built just metres away from one of the town’s biggest stores.

Aldi, famous for its no-thrills approach to shopping, has been granted planning permission to build one of its stores just a stone’s throw away from the large Tesco Extra at Kingsmeadow.

The new supermarket will be built on the site of the former Volkswagen garage on Cricklade Road once the old building has been demolished.

Cirencester’s economy is also set to benefit from Aldi’s arrival in the town as it has been announced that 10 full time jobs and 20 part time positions are to be created.

When plans were originally submitted, Cotswold District Council’s planning team raised concerns that the store will be situated to close to nearby homes in Rose Way.

Addressing the problem, a spokesman for architects Kendall Kingscott Ltd said: “In response the store has been pulled forward to ensure an appropriate distance from the properties is observed.

“The corner of the nearest home is at least 10 metres away and therefore we do not consider that this will have a detrimental effect on residents.”

In addition to the store, permission has also been granted to build a new road linking the new shop with Cricklade Road along with new pathways for pedestrians.

Cllr Jenny Hincks, chairman of Cirencester Town Council’s planning committee, said she was “confused” as to how the store would cope during busy periods with a car park that only has enough space for 77 vehicles.

Although no date has been set for when building work could began, developers have been told that they have work must have started within three years of planning permission being granted.

For more information and to view the plans, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk.

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7:02am Tue 18 Mar 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

more palms greased ......

decisions made without due process.

But what do you expect from CDC?
more palms greased ...... decisions made without due process. But what do you expect from CDC? Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
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1:42pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Rex Cooper says...

"10 full time jobs and 20 part time jobs created..." Rubbish ! Another supermarket will not create additional jobs - merely replace jobs lost in existing businesses. Or are we going to eat more in Cirencester than before ?
"10 full time jobs and 20 part time jobs created..." Rubbish ! Another supermarket will not create additional jobs - merely replace jobs lost in existing businesses. Or are we going to eat more in Cirencester than before ? Rex Cooper
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11:49pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Robert Jeanes says...

Absolutely right Rex Cooper. This chestnut is trotted out time and time again and particularly at Planning Applications at the CDC. There is, alas, always a chance that a naive Councillor or planner will actually believe this one-sided equation! Millions of £'s are at stake so why not? No one ever admonishes the claimant! And what's more the Press, in turn, repeats such reported copy - albeit not necessarilly endorsing its verity.
I remember when 8 bakeries were all supplying Cirencester and district. There were also many garages and countless food outlets.
Dubious 'wordspeak' such as this about 'jobs creation' is not unlike a CV really which certainly will never mention any 'downside'.
Absolutely right Rex Cooper. This chestnut is trotted out time and time again and particularly at Planning Applications at the CDC. There is, alas, always a chance that a naive Councillor or planner will actually believe this one-sided equation! Millions of £'s are at stake so why not? No one ever admonishes the claimant! And what's more the Press, in turn, repeats such reported copy - albeit not necessarilly endorsing its verity. I remember when 8 bakeries were all supplying Cirencester and district. There were also many garages and countless food outlets. Dubious 'wordspeak' such as this about 'jobs creation' is not unlike a CV really which certainly will never mention any 'downside'. Robert Jeanes
  • Score: 5

10:22am Sat 22 Mar 14

Col Mustard says...

According to Aldi's website an October 2014 opening is listed.......
Excellent news the slovenly arrogant and belligerent Tesco next door wont know whats happened and the complacent Waitrose who sell the same own label product as Aldi for 3 times the price are just about to get the smile wiped of their face... I wrote to Waitrose pointing this out in an exact comparison. Waitrose's reply you. " We benchmark our pricing on the major Supermarket chains including Tesco not discount stores" was the sniffy reply.........
There will not be too many "Smiling Suits" rocking on their heels in the aisles of Waitrose once the turnover figures start dropping !
According to Aldi's website an October 2014 opening is listed....... Excellent news the slovenly arrogant and belligerent Tesco next door wont know whats happened and the complacent Waitrose who sell the same own label product as Aldi for 3 times the price are just about to get the smile wiped of their face... I wrote to Waitrose pointing this out in an exact comparison. Waitrose's reply you. " We benchmark our pricing on the major Supermarket chains including Tesco not discount stores" was the sniffy reply......... There will not be too many "Smiling Suits" rocking on their heels in the aisles of Waitrose once the turnover figures start dropping ! Col Mustard
  • Score: 8

1:12pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Rex Cooper says...

Mustard - Why was that a sniffy reply from Waitrose ? It sounds like a perfectly reasonable trading strategy. I personally do not shop in discount shops because I don't like them. Poundstretcher is my idea of hell - but others appear to like it - I prefer Waitrose and long may I be able to afford to shop there. I hope that gets up your class warrior nose.
Mustard - Why was that a sniffy reply from Waitrose ? It sounds like a perfectly reasonable trading strategy. I personally do not shop in discount shops because I don't like them. Poundstretcher is my idea of hell - but others appear to like it - I prefer Waitrose and long may I be able to afford to shop there. I hope that gets up your class warrior nose. Rex Cooper
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