Majority welcomes Aldi plans

The proposed new Aldi development for Clevedon

The proposed new Aldi development for Clevedon - Credit: supplied

PLANS for a new Aldi supermarket in Clevedon have received backing from the town council.

The proposals for the store at Hither Green Industrial Estate were debated at the authority’s planning committee meeting on June 12.

If allowed to go ahead, the store would be created in Westway House, of which a section would also be used to house a national pet retailer.

The development would generate 35 new jobs and would include a 96-space car park.

At last week’s meeting, Cllr Trevor Morgan said: “I welcome it actually and my main reason for supporting it is quite simple – that is job creation. Our town is crying out for jobs.”

However, Cllr Linda Knott said: “We have got more than enough supermarkets in the town.

“If we had yet another cheapy on the outskirts of Clevedon people will go into town much less.”

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Other members were concerned about the amount of traffic the store could generate at the already busy junction of Hither Green and Northern Way.

However, a majority of four to three members voted in favour of recommending to North Somerset Council that the planning application to change the use of Westway House to retail be approved.