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Guiseley Aldi superstore plan verdict is due within days
A decision on the new Aldi store planned for Guiseley is expected to be made by the end of the month.
The new store, which would bring 30 jobs and about 100 construction jobs, is proposed for a site next to the Wetherby Whaler.
The store is planned for a brownfield site, which has been vacant for more than four years and which was formerly an amusement arcade.
Permission for a store was given in February last year, after the scheme was delegated to the Chief Planning Officer for approval.
But that plan was withdrawn earlier this year and a revised application was submitted for approval in July. A decision on the scheme is expected to be made by Thursday, October 31. The new application on behalf of Aldi and Stirling Investments said: “This application in essence seeks to re-site the approved Aldi foodstore some six metres from the north west/western boundary of the site away from the adjoining petrol filling station.
“This has necessitated a revised red line boundary to the approved application of 2012 and, as such, necessitates the submission of a new full planning application for the re-sited store.”
The developers say a new application was needed because of a requirement to pull the boundary of the store further away from the petrol station.
But they say the new submission is almost identical to the previously approved scheme, and they argue that the principle of a new Aldi store on the site has already been established.
They add: “The proposals will further benefit the area through the physical regeneration of the site and creation of job opportunities which represents a further boost and benefit to the local economy as well as a modern and fresh development. It is anticipated the proposals overall will create some 25 to 30 local jobs, as well as up to 100 at the construction stage.”
The single-storey food store will have a car park, which developers say would be available for people visiting the facilities at White Cross. The site is on the A65 and adjacent to the White Cross roundabout with the junction of Otley Road and the A6038.
When the first application was submitted a report to the Leeds West Plans Panel said: “On balance, the city council considers the development would not give rise to any unacceptable consequences for the environment, community or other public interests of acknowledged importance.”
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