Highbridge Aldi store recommended for approval as decision nears
decision on whether a proposed new Aldi supermarket in Highbridge
gets the go-ahead will be made next week - with a case officer recommending
it be given approval.
The firm's planning application will be considered by Sedgemoor
District Council's Development Control Committee on Tuesday May
Dawn de Vries, the case officer overseeing Aldi's plan for a new
store in Bennett
Road, at the northern end of the Isleport Industrial Park, has
recommended in a report to councillors this week that the scheme
is granted approval.
Dozens of residents have written to the council in support of the
Aldi's plans, but shop owners, town councillors and the Chamber
of Trade in Burnham-On-Sea are worried about the impact of the store
Aldi's own forecasts are for a 19.4% drop-off of trade at Lidl
in Burnham if the new store wins approval, and the Chamber of Trade
is concerned that this may also result in a reduction of footfall
in the town centre.
first reported here,
town councillors and businesses are concerned that the proposed
store would severely hit trade in Burnham and Highbridge. Concerns
have been raised by the Chamber, supported by over 60 local businesses.
own research indicates that Lidl in Burnham could lose 19.4% of
its trade due to the proposed new store on the Isleport Industrial
Aldi's research also shows that existing Burnham town centre stores
that sell competing goods may lose 7.3% of their trade, threatening
the viability of the town centre, it is claimed, which has already
suffered a decline in footfall since the closure of Morrisons in
Aldi spokesperson told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "An Aldi store would
represent a multi-million pound investment in Highbridge, providing
more shopping choice and making shopping and saving easier for local
people, who currently travel to other supermarkets."
consulted local people before submitting a planning application
and the responses highlighted that the vast majority of the local
community are delighted to hear an Aldi could soon be opening near
"An Aldi store would represent a multi-million pound investment
in Highbridge, providing more shopping choice and making shopping
and saving easier for local people, who currently travel to other
local resident, Graham Hardes, says: "This store will be a
great asset to the people of the local area and give them more choice
of where to shop."