A plan for a new Aldi store in Bakewell has been recomended for approval before it goes before the Peak District National Park Authority tomorrow.
The company is awaiting approval by the planning committee to build on the old Cintride factory site on Ashford Road at the 10am meeting at Aldern House, Baslow Road.
The plan for a 1,254 square-metres store and 106-vehicle car park coincides with another plan on Buxton Road to develop a major business park, which also includes provision for a new food store but without a named tennant.
Home to the Cintride factory until 2001, the 1.3 hectare plot has since remained mostly vacant, and if the scheme goes ahead would represent a multi-billion pound investment in a brownfield site.
Aldi said the plan has received 299 letters of support as the local community welcomes a new store to make shopping more convenient, as well as creating up to 40 new jobs.
A spokesperson said: “Since announcing our proposal we’ve received overwhelming support from local residents, clearly demonstrating that a new store in this location is something that the community wants and needs.”
Planning officers said the recomendation for the plan is an approval, subject to an agreement for Aldi to also purchase a new bus for Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport.
Neither the Highways Authority nor the Town Council has made any objection to the plan, and the authrity’s agenda said the Town Council “welcomes the application and urged acceptance by the planning committee” to provide shoppers with more variety when shopping.
However in consultation eight letters were received with concerns, stating that the design of the building doesn’t take into account the sensitive location, as well as traffic concerns.
One resident said out of town development is inappropriate in a National Park, and another complaint said a new budget supermarket would damage Bakewell’s “brand”.
Bakewell and District Civic Society had concerns about a negative impact on retail activity in Bakewell town centre and said a direct comparison of the relative merits of the current application and the Riverside propsals should be made, according to the planning application documents.
Riverside developers also sent intwo letterssaying regeneration of the old mill site should take precedence and the Aldi plan would “undermine planned investment in the business park” where a medium-sized food store would not have a signifcant impact o Bakewell town centre.