of residents support plans for new Highbridge Aldi store' - survey
giant Aldi says residents in Highbridge have given "overwhelming
support" to its plans to build a new store in the town - with
over 95% supporting the scheme.
firm's plans to build the store on vacant land at the junction between
Isleport Road and Bennett Road were first revealed by Burnham-On-Sea.com
on November 15th here.
then, Aldi has sent out 3,049 leaflets regarding the plans to residents
in the surrounding area to canvas support.
leaflet generated considerable interest and the project team has
been very encouraged at the level of response," says an Aldi
has been significant interest in the proposals with 530 responses.
Of these, 491 respondents (95.3%) support the proposals and only
nine (1.7%) are opposed, 15 (2.9%) are undecided and a further 15
did not answer the question."
main issue for those opposed to the plans has been accessibility.
Some elderly people say the site may not be accessible for them,
while others commented on traffic generation and say the area is
already well served by supermarkets.
District Council is currently accepting comments on the planning
application - which is number 11/16/00129 - until Feburary 10th
as part of its consultation ahead of a decision on whether the store
given the go-ahead, the new Highbridge store will comprise of 1,254
square metres of retail space, plus 337 square metre for a warehouse
area, and 126 square metres for staff use. There will be 101 car
parking spaces around the store.
for Aldi told Burnham-On-Sea.com that it hopes to create dozens
of new jobs.
firm told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "A
new Aldi would create up to 40 new jobs and the contemporary building
would provide an attractive gateway to the wider estate, encouraging
further investment and attracting more visitors for the benefit
of new and existing businesses."
would be Highbridge's first discount food store, offering local
people high quality products at low prices in a convenient location,
so they dont have to travel to Bridgwater or Weston-super-Mare
to shop and save with Aldi."