Decision on Aldi store to be made next week


Town planners will decide whether to give the green light to plans for a new Aldi supermarket in Eastbourne at a meeting next week.

The no-frills supermarket chain submitted plans to Eastbourne Borough Council in early summer 2014 outlining its desired intentions to build a new branch on the former Cosmetica site in Faraday Close, Hampden Park.

Next Tuesday (November 25) the town’s planners will meet to discuss the proposal, which involve demolishing the existing building, which has been empty for some years.

The plans have received much support from local residents, not only for offering shoppers more variety but also for creating between 30 and 40 jobs in the area.

Despite this, there are some concerns the plans may be recommended for refusal by the committee because of a policy that states the land is currently allocated for light industrial use and not for retail - even though it has been derelict for many years.

The exact details of this policy will come to light in the officer’s report, which is expected to be released today (Tuesday, November 18).

The proposal includes plans for a 1,250 square metre store with 113 car parking spaces in Lottbridge Drove between the Hydneye and B&Q roundabout, opposite Morrisons.

A new access to the site would be constructed from Lottbridge Drove and a further exit through the industrial estate to ease traffic is also being considered.

Should the plans get approval from the planning committee, the store would look to open in 2015.

Also, if the Aldi plans get the green light, the town will be able to boast a Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Lidl and Aldi. The nearest Aldi store to the town is currently in Bexhill.

See Friday’s Eastbourne Herald for an update on this story.