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Aldi looks to build supermarket on vacant land

Pre-application talks to build 1,140 sq m Aldi supermarket on fields at Martin Lines, in Beacon Hill Road, Church Crookham

Vacant land off Beacon Hill, Church Crookham where Aldi want to build a supermarket

Discount food chain Aldi wants to build a new store and 113-space car park on vacant fields in Church Crookham.

Bristol-based planning consultant, Turley, has asked Hart District Council for pre-application talks about constructing an "out of centre" supermarket on land at Martin Lines, in Beacon Hill Road.

Turley said it anticipates the single-storey store will have 1,140sq m of floorspace and be built on vacant land between the Peter Driver sports field and the Vertu luxury mobile phone factory. It added  the discount supermarket would fulfil a neighbourhood shopping role as well as attracting people from the surrounding areas.

The site was formerly part of the military land that included the nearby Queen Elizabeth Barracks, which closed in 2000 and is being developed with 872 homes.

The consultant said the Hart Retail Study Update 2012 indicates that, when overtrading is taken into account, there would be additional capacity for 3,750sq m of convenience goods floorspace by 2016, increasing to 4,410sq m by 2026.

It added the site was earmarked as employment land in the Hart Replacement Local Plan and is defined as a key employment site in the emerging core strategy.

Last month Aldi was named Retail Week’s Retailer of the Year and already has a store in Blackwater.

While Church Crookham has a Tesco Express and is due to get a Sainsbury’s Local this month, Aldi would be its first supermarket.

The proposal includes building two new access points at the north of the site via a proposed shared access road. This will result in the relocation of an existing bus stop and a new footpath link to Beacon Hill Road.

Turley’s pre-application request states: “An Aldi food store will provide a valuable contribution towards local convenience shopping provision by introducing a form of retailing not currently represented in this part of the local area.

“The store would also improve the range of accessible facilities and choice available for shoppers, including those on lower incomes.

“It will therefore support the local economy, assist in meeting future retail floor-space needs and help to ‘balance’ economic growth in  the area, as well as increasing social inclusion through the provision of job opportunities and high-quality, low-priced goods”.

Turley added topics would need to be discussed at the pre-application meeting, including design, landscaping, access, transport and environmental matters.

A date for the pre-application meeting has yet to be set by the council.

 
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