Swindon Council’s planning committee has granted permission to Aldi to build a supermarket at the Latham Road junction with Thamesdown Drive.
The new outlet will be a 990 square metre food store on a 1.6 acre site facing Thamesdown Drive and will include 100 space car park. Aldi’s regional distribution centre and head office at South Marston Park and the company is planning to open another six supermarkets in the Swindon area.
Two petitions were received by the planning committee, one with 1,523 signatures supporting the project and one against containing 946 signatures from supporters of Costcutter at St Andrew’s Ridge who fear the competition might force it to close. For this reason planning restrictions were placed on Aldi not to sell newspapers, tobacco products or lottery tickets, items which are not sold in Aldi stores anyway
Abbey Meads ward councillor Peter Heaton-Jones said and his fellow ward councillors were sympathetic to residents’ views. “On purely planning grounds there was no reason for the committee to reject the application and they supported the officer recommendation.”
He added that local people with a new place to shop and provide new jobs for the area.
As a condition of the planning permission, Aldi will have to pay £4,725 for cycle and footpath improvements, £6,300 for partial improvements to evening bus services in the area, £4,200 towards public art and a community forest and £2,100 for improvements to road markings and signs at Latham Road junction.
Pictured bottom right, Abbey Meads councillors Vera Tomlinson and Peter Stoddart with Richard Williams of Aldi at a public consultation in July