Aldi given green light to build store in Wetherby

Artist's impression of the proposed Aldi store for Wetherby. (S)
Artist's impression of the proposed Aldi store for Wetherby. (S)
  • Budget supermarket’s proposals for new store given go ahead on March 4
  • Building work is due to start this year for an opening in early 2016
  • Plans were first entered in February 2014 and a delegated decision to planning officers was made in August
  • Approval follows certain financial agreements being met

Aldi’s plans to build a store in Wetherby were officially approved last night (March 4).

Aldi has previously said work will begin this year, with a view to opening in early 2016.

Leeds City Council (LCC) plans panel met in August to discuss the plans and said they would be signed off by planning officers if certain conditions are met.

Known as a section 106 agreement, these include 67,354 towards public transport infrastructure and £10,000 towards the improvement of bus stops.

Now, planning officers have given the green light, meaning the store will be opening on the former Vauxhall car dealership on Sandbeck Lane.

According to the decision by the chief planning officer, the store will not be permitted to sell tobacco/smoking products or loose confectionary, and cannot include an in-store bakery (other than the use of a single oven for reheating part baked products), fresh meat and fresh fish counter, a delicatessen counter, a pharmacy dispensary, dry cleaning, photo-shop, post office, cash machine, or in store cafe.

Opening hours are restricted to between 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and between 10am to 6pm on Sundays.

Deliveries and loading/unloading will take place between 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 8pm on Sundays.

There will be 72 parking spaces outside the Sandbeck Lane/Deighton Road store, 59 standard, four accessible bays, and seven parent and child spaces.

Before the plans reached this final stage, several alterations were made in consultation with the public, including changing the outside of the store from white render to brick, in-keeping with the character of surrounding buildings, which the budget supermarket said is a much better alternative to the metal clad building currently on the site on Sandbeck Lane.

The plans, first displayed at a public exhibition in November 2013 and submitted to the local authority in February 2014, have also been altered to increase the distance between the store and neighbouring properties, and the existing boundary hedge will also be maintained as a whole to screen surrounding properties from the store.

Samples of building material, plans for drainage, and other various considerations have to be provided to LCC before building can take place.

See next week’s Wetherby News (published March 12) for a full report on the approved store.