Aldi’s bid to build a new neighbourhood food store at Spithead Business Centre in Lake have moved one step forward, with the retailer lodging a planning application with the Isle of Wight Council with the hope of starting work as early as May.
Island Echo exclusively reported the news back in September that Aldi were set to open a new store in Lake to accompany their existing outlet in Cowes after nearly 12 months of enquiries with the German supermarket company.
The proposals, which were confirmed in January and are now subject of a statutory public consultation period, seek the go-ahead for a new 1,140 square metre store supported by 97 car parking spaces. The new store plans, which would bolster the business’s current operations on the island, would create up to 40 new full- and part-time jobs.
Phillip Warner, Aldi Property Director, said:
“We believe there is a real need to see improved customer choice and competition in the area, so we are pleased to have reached this stage of the project. Our plans have been overwhelmingly well-received locally and we’d like to thank those who provided us with their views. With the plans now due for consideration, we would urge all residents who are keen to see us open a store in Lake to make their views on our application known to the Council.”
“We look forward to holding further discussions with the Council in the course of the coming weeks and months.”
Aldi received over 525 responses following its announcement of its plans for a new store, with over 74% of those returning comments indicating clear support for the scheme.
The plans will now be considered by the Isle of Wight Council’s Planning Department, with a decision likely to be reached by May. If the green light is given to the store plans, Aldi will be looking to start work as soon as possible.