Benfleet Aldi store set to get the go-ahead

Benfleet Aldi store set to get the go-ahead

Benfleet Aldi store set to get the go-ahead

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PLANS to build an Aldi supermarket in Benfleet could be given the green light next week.

The company wants to demolish the old Focus DIY building in Rushbottom Lane, at the Tarpots junction, and put a new store on the 1.32-acre site.

The building has been derelict since Focus collapsed in 2011.

Castle Point Council officers have recommended councillors should approve the plans at a meeting next week, subject to 18 conditions.

Aldi would have to start building work within the next three years and opening hours would be restricted to between 8am and 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

Tom Skipp, Conservative councillor for Appleton ward, said: “That site has been out of use for some time, so we do need to find a good use for it.

“It is in a prime location in the town centre and needs to be used by an appropriate company.”

The new store could provide about 30 jobs and would include a 104-space car park also open to non-Aldi customers.

Aldi also hopes reintroduce a right-hand turn off the A13 into Rushbottom Lane to improve access to the car park when travelling from the east and to encourage more visitors to Tarpots.

If approved, the store could be open by the end of the year.

The plans will be discussed at a development control meeting at the council offices, in Kiln Road, Thundersley, on Tuesday.

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7:09am Sat 29 Mar 14

ChampKind says...

Seems like someone at the council really doesn't like the Co-op and are determined to see it close.
First they approve the Tesco at Tarpots and now this looks likely to go ahead.
Don't see the need for it myself.
Seems like someone at the council really doesn't like the Co-op and are determined to see it close. First they approve the Tesco at Tarpots and now this looks likely to go ahead. Don't see the need for it myself. ChampKind
  • Score: -11

7:45am Sat 29 Mar 14

Kim, Gandy says...

Brilliant news, apart from the obvious German connection, which will always lend itself to being an excellent store, it will give some serious competition, to the other local shops.
Brilliant news, apart from the obvious German connection, which will always lend itself to being an excellent store, it will give some serious competition, to the other local shops. Kim, Gandy
  • Score: 14

9:55am Sat 29 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

ChampKind wrote:
Seems like someone at the council really doesn't like the Co-op and are determined to see it close.
First they approve the Tesco at Tarpots and now this looks likely to go ahead.
Don't see the need for it myself.
The Co-op have enjoyed ripping people off for years, looking forward to Aldi taking all their customers, as well as adding some new, this is fantastic news for the whole area.
[quote][p][bold]ChampKind[/bold] wrote: Seems like someone at the council really doesn't like the Co-op and are determined to see it close. First they approve the Tesco at Tarpots and now this looks likely to go ahead. Don't see the need for it myself.[/p][/quote]The Co-op have enjoyed ripping people off for years, looking forward to Aldi taking all their customers, as well as adding some new, this is fantastic news for the whole area. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 19

10:09am Sat 29 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Good news for Benfleet.
Good news for Benfleet. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 15

10:39am Sat 29 Mar 14

Cor Blimey says...

Excellent news for Benfleet.
Co-op have been ripping off the locals for years and taking advantage of those with no transport.

Bring on the healthy competition which will force the co-op to reduce its over inflated prices or close
Excellent news for Benfleet. Co-op have been ripping off the locals for years and taking advantage of those with no transport. Bring on the healthy competition which will force the co-op to reduce its over inflated prices or close Cor Blimey
  • Score: 14

11:00pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Letmetryagain says...

Good news for locals.
Although when they say the car park will be available for non-shoppers,
I expect there will still be a time limit. So probably no all day parking.
Good news for locals. Although when they say the car park will be available for non-shoppers, I expect there will still be a time limit. So probably no all day parking. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 1

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