Aldi Gets Go-Ahead Nod To Build Despite Residents' Concerns

August 25, 2017

Aldi Gets Go-Ahead Nod To Build Despite Residents' Concerns

The Sunderland City Council's South Sunderland Development Control Sub-Committee gave Aldi the green light to build a new store at the Pennywell Industrial Estate.

Aldi, which is a cut-price supermarket, will join Marston's and KFC at the former Dewhirst factory site.

Many residents and businesses concerned about the effect Aldi would have on their homes and businesses voiced their objections. Some of their concerns include the effect it would have on smaller businesses and local amenities. They were also worried about the traffic and noise.

Coun Michael Mordey wondered more about the loading bay on the site's eastern side, which would face homes. He said people who live there would have to deal with the noise and truck's reversing beacons. Mordey said it would be better if the plans could be reversed.

Simon Plumb, Aldi property director, said this was looked into and dismissed. He said the proposal was fully reviewed and feels this is the best possible proposal. He said the noise issues would be dealt with by acoustic measures. Plumb said the last thing the company wants to do is upset the neighbors.

The store will generate 35 new jobs and offer both construction and support roles.