Public views sought on plans for Aldi in Bramley

RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say today on plans for a new 1,000 sq m supermarket in Bramley.

The German retailer, which has also submitted plans for a new branch in Swallownest, aims to develop the site between Main Street and Bawtry Road currently occupied by several existing businesses including Lighting Bug, Bramley Tyres & Exhausts and The Conservatory Centre.

A consultation event and public exhibition is being held today between 3pm and 7pm at Bramley Working Mens Club on Cross Street.

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Aldi, which has yet to formally submit a planning application for the site, said the new supermarket would provide 1,000 sqm of sales space and create new 40 full-time and part-time jobs.

Its application said: “The proposals promote the regeneration of an established brownfield commercial site within the centre.

“The proposal will enable the investment that is required to redevelop the site and meet the council’s aspirations to deliver growth and environmental improvements in Bramley centre through a provision of a foodstore, which is

promoted in the council’s emerging planning policy.

“The proposals will deliver a brand new, custom built discount food store which will provide significant benefits to the local community who lack choice for main food shopping destinations.

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“It will promote competition in the area and reduce the need to travel to meet their food shopping needs.”

Aldi said the new store would “not compete directly with existing local

businesses in the centre” of Bramley.

The store will have 80 per cent of its space dedicated to convenience

goods and 20 per cent for the sale of  non-food products.

Planning documents said the building would be “contemporary, featuring

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high quality glazing and rendering to give a clean, crisp look”.

People who are unable to attend today’s event can also have their say by ringing a freephone information line on 0800 9788968 or emailing [email protected].