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Plans for Aldi store in Ewell approved by councillors
Revamped plans for an Aldi store to be built in Ewell have been approved by councillors.
The German budget chain submitted a revised planning application at the end of July for an 840 sq m store on Kingston Road, Ewell, with eight flats and 62-space car park.
At a meeting of Epsom Council’s planning committee last Thursday, October 10, councillors approved the application, with the only change they made to ensure that no service vehicles would arrive or depart from the shop outside the hours of 7am to 9pm on Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 5pm on Sundays.
The council’s planning department had recommended approval of the application, which it said received 15 letters in support and 12 objections.
A report on the application stated that it would "strengthen the overall retail offer within the centre".
It said: "The development would enhance the overall vitality and viability of the town centre."
The application has proved controversial among the community with residents and traders saying it would either boost Ewell’s struggling shops or kill them off.
Rob Scadding, associate at Aldi’s planning consultant Planning Potential, insisted the new store would have a "positive impact" on the smaller, independent retailers in Ewell Village as it would increase footfall on Kingston Road and Ruxley Lane for the existing businesses.
He added: "The car park will also be a shared one - it will be Aldi’s car park but people will also be able to use it to visit other businesses in Ewell.
"The development is a significant investment from Aldi which will lead to 30 new jobs."
Mr Scadding said that Aldi would like to "progress with development early next year" and that the store should be completed by the end of 2014.
Aldi’s original plans for the site were rejected in 2006 and revised plans were rejected again in 2007 following stiff opposition from neighbouring residents and businesses.
But in 2009 it won a planning appeal for a scheme with nine flats which used the slip-road and Pinewood Place for access.
Since then the site has been empty, but Aldi has bought up two adjacent houses and in and out access onto Kingston Road will be near the junction with Ruxley Lane.
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