Sec­ond Aldi store – con­fu­sion over when build­ing will be­gin

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

MYS­TERY sur­rounds when work will be­gin on cre­at­ing a sec­ond Aldi store in the town.

When the Ger­man dis­count chain won the right to build a sec­ond su­per­store in Chel­tenham, many res­i­dents ex­pected the builders to move in very quickly.

But noth­ing has hap­pened at the site of the pro­posed shop on land off Grove­field Way in The Red­dings since a de­vel­oper’s plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved on ap­peal in Fe­bru­ary.

Hin­ton Prop­er­ties (Grove­field Way) Ltd’s plan was not just to build the store but also to build of­fices and a chil­dren’s nurs­ery on the site, which is near the Arle Court Round­about and BMW garage.

With the land look­ing pretty much as it did be­fore the plans were ap­proved, the Glouces­ter­shire Echo tried to find out what was hold­ing things up.

We ap­proached Aldi but it told us that the scheme was be­ing led by the de­vel­oper and so any up­dates would have to come from it.

But things did not be­come any clearer when we ap­proached Hin­ton. We were told the per­son we needed to speak to was not avail­able.

The planned de­vel­op­ment at the site had been con­tro­ver­sial.

Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil turned down the ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause of traf­fic con­cerns be­fore the Bris­tol-based Plan­ning In­spec­torate gave it the go-ahead.

Its inspector Paul Jack­son said there was a great need for more space in Chel­tenham to al­low busi­nesses to ex­pand and the de­vel­op­ment planned by Hin­ton Prop­er­ties would pro­vide about 1,040 jobs.

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