for new Aldi store in Highbridge set to be decided in May
decision on whether a proposed new Aldi supermarket in Highbridge
gets the go-ahead looks set to be made in May.
District Council's consultation period on the plans ended this week,
having attracted support from many residents, but opposition from
some local businesses.
proposed store is earmarked for Bennett Road, at the northern end
of the Isleport Industrial Park.
first reported here,
town councillors and businesses are concerned that the proposed
store would severely hit trade in Burnham and Highbridge. Concerns
have been raised by the Chamber of Trade, supported by over 60 local
many residents have written to Sedgemoor District Council in support
of the scheme.
authority's Development Control Committee looks set to be consider
the plans at its next meeting in May when a decision could be made
by district councillors on whether to give the plans the go-ahead.
says: "An Aldi store would represent a multi-million pound
investment in Highbridge, providing more shopping choice and making
shopping and saving easier for local people, who currently travel
to other supermarkets."
Graham Hardes, says: "This store will be a great asset to the
people of the local area and give them more choice of where to shop."
Aldi's own research indicates that Lidl in Burnham could lose 19.4%
of its trade due to the proposed new store on the Isleport Industrial
Aldi's research also shows that existing Burnham town centre stores
that sell competing goods may lose 7.3% of their trade, threatening
the viability of the town centre, it is claimed, which has already
suffered a decline in footfall since the closure of Morrisons in
Aldi spokesperson told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We consulted local
people before submitting a planning application and the responses
highlighted that the vast majority of the local community are delighted
to hear an Aldi could soon be opening near them."
"An Aldi store would represent a multi-million pound investment
in Highbridge, providing more shopping choice and making shopping
and saving easier for local people, who currently travel to other