Two Eastbourne supermarkets apply to change delivery times

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Two Eastbourne superstores will appeal to town planners next week to allow them to have deliveries of stock during the night.

Morrisons and Aldi have both submitted applications to Eastbourne Borough Council for planning conditions that have been imposed, to be relaxed.

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Morrisons currently has deliveries at the store, on the corner of Lottbridge Drove and Willingdon Drove, between 5am and 11pm but wants to change the times so stock can be delivered instead between 11pm and 6am seven days a week.

The supermarket argues those delivery times do not allow sufficient time to unpack and stock shelves before store opening at 7am. There have been no objections raised.

Aldi, currently building a new superstore on the former Cosmetica site in Faraday Close, was granted permission in March for the development with delivery times set for between 7am and 9pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday.

But in the summer the no frills chain went back to planners and asked for deliveries to be allowed between 5am and 11pm seven days a week, which has sparked protest from residents living nearby concerned at noise.

On the Morrisons application, town planners say. “The site is situated within a commercial area, away from residential properties therefore it is not considered the variation to the condition would result in harm to warrant the refusal of the application.”

Regarding the Aldi application, planners say, “The application has submitted a noise statement which concludes the delivery of goods will not have an impact on the surrounding residential properties. Given the separation distances, and that the council does have the power to take action under separate legislation should deliveries result in impacts on the amenity of residents it is recommended the variation to the condition be granted.”

Planning officers are recommending both applications be approved but the decision will be made by the planning committee at the meeting on Tuesday (October 27).

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