25 jobs created at new Aldi store

Artist's impression of the new Aldi store in Chapel. Photo contributed.
Artist's impression of the new Aldi store in Chapel. Photo contributed.

Up to 25 jobs will be created at a new Aldi store in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

The retailer has this week been granted permission for a 1,589 square metre supermarket on land adjacent to Forester’s Way.

Members of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee unanimously approved the plans at their meeting on Monday, welcoming the new jobs that would be created at the site.

Mike Clark, property director with Aldi, said: “We had a public consultation on July 15 attended by 122 people. Since then we’ve received a total of 552 responses and the council have received 212 letters of support from locals.

“The proposed area seriously needs tidying up. Our intention is to begin preparation for the work starting early in the new year with the objective of delivering the store before the end of next year.”

A total of 93 car parking spaces would be provided for the store, which will occupy a 1.28 hectare site which has previously been subject to a variety of planning applications.

Cllr Bob McKeown said: “I’m very strongly in support of this application.

“A number of years ago when we passed the application for the Fallow Deer pub we hoped this site would be developed and nothing has particularly happened.

“I’ve been on this committee for 11 years and I’ve never ever had as many emails and letters in support of something as this. The only thing I would ask is that when they do the travel plan, could they ask one of the local bus companies if they could drop off there.”

Cllr John Faulkner added: “What I think is important is that the town centre remains the town centre and that there are a good choice of shops and that is not eroded as it is in many towns up and down the country.

“As a non-Chapel councillor, I’ve taken on board both the town council and also local councillors’ comments that that would not be too much of a problem.”

The application was approved with a number of conditions including those relating to the materials used and the creation of a travel plan.