Aldi submits plans for new Melton store

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Discount supermarket giant Aldi has submitted its plans to build a multi-million pound store in Melton, which it says will create about 40 jobs.

The new store, which would be built on the site of the former ambulance station on Leicester Road, is envisaged to be open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

The development will also include about 121 car parking spaces - including seven disabled and six parent and child spaces - as well as spaces for motorbikes and cycles.

A design and access statement submitted by Aldi says: “The proposed food store would provide a new retail offering which would significantly enhance choice for Melton Mowbray residents.

“The modest size and unique offering means Aldi stores do not act as a one-stop shop. Unlike other larger retailers Aldi stores don’t feature in-house butchers or fishmongers and therefore have a minimal impact on existing traders and smaller local businesses. Aldi is known for encouraging linked trips between its stores and other businesses in the area, as typically Aldi customers will buy products and then go on to complete their weekly grocery shopping in other stores and specialist independent businesses in the area.”

The statement adds: “The existing access point to the site from Leicester Road would remain in place, albeit adjusted to suit the new proposal, and provide a safe vehicular movement point. Vehicle delivery manoeuvring provision is integrated into the car park design, allowing entry and egress in a forward direction from the highway.”

Aldi’s full planning application also includes details of its proposed landscaping scheme and green energy efficiency features including the proposed use of roof-mounted solar panels to supplement power for the store.

The statement concludes: “We feel the proposals represent a well thought out and sensitive response within the constraints of the site. The store provides an amenity to the local area, which is currently lacking, along with the creation of local jobs, both now and at a later date. Aldi looks forward to becoming a considerate neighbour and part of the local community.”

Melton Council will decide the application in due course.