A supermarket chain has submitted plans to open a new store in Oakham, saying it will offer residents a ‘genuine choice’.
Discount food retailer Aldi has applied to Rutland County Council for planning permission to build a 15,000 sq ft shop on an area of land to the west of Lands’ End Way.
The development will create about 32 full time and part time jobs, and include a car park with 80 spaces. More than 170 people backed the plans when they were announced in November last year. Sixty readers also took to our Facebook page to voice their support for the development when we broke the news.
A spokesman for Aldi said: “We are very encouraged by the high level of positive feedback we received from local residents and are committed to bringing forward a new discount food store to serve the community. We believe this is a great opportunity to offer residents a genuine choice when it comes to completing their shopping as there is currently no comparable retailer in Oakham or Rutland as a whole. This was clearly demonstrated by the 172 people who responded to our consultation and told us they currently travel to our stores in Corby, Market Harborough or even as far away as Grantham and Leicester.”
“This expenditure should be retained in Oakham to help boost the town, while also helping to reduce travel for shoppers.”
Aldi wants to build on land where Sainsbury’s had its first bid to open a 30,000 sq ft store turned down in 2011.
County councillors voted against the development as it was too far from the town centre and the land had been designated for employment use.
Despite this, Aldi is confident the latest application will be given the green light.
An Aldi spokesman added: “Although Sainsbury’s previous proposals for the site were not successful, they have since secured permission for a new store on the former Rutland County College site and we consider the site in Lands’ End Way as being the only other suitable site for a new food store in the town. Our proposed store is less than half the size of the Sainsbury’s application for the site and we believe the store would be well located in terms of the future development in Oakham, including the development of up to 1,000 new homes to the west of the town.”
Open hours for the store will be from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
Sainsbury’s has started clearing the land at the former Rutland County College site in Barleythorpe Road to build its new 50,000 sq ft store.
To see Aldi’s planning application in full, visit www.rutland.gov.uk and search for planning application 2014/0258/FUL.