Value supermarket ALDI is coming to Eastbourne.
It had its bid to open a store in Hampden Park approved by members of the council’s planning committee tonight (Tuesday) at a packed meeting at Eastbourne Town Hall.
The German no frills supermarket wants to demolish the former Cosmetica site in Faraday Close which fronts Lottbridge Drove opposite Morrison’s and build in its place a store which it says will create up to 40 jobs, a 114 vehicle car park and an access road - at a cost of £5.1 million.
The council’s planning officers had recommended permission be refused because the buildings in the area are designated in the council’s borough plan for light industrial use and officers said that when the town emerges from the recession, there will be growing demand for “employment” land in the area.
But after hearing that the building itself has been empty for more than five years, fallen into a state of disrepair and that thousands of people including local residents had pledged their support to the store, councillors across the political spectrum said it would be good for Hampden Park and for Eastbourne.
The site sits on a 0.9ha area and ALDI’s plans include a single storey store building open Monday to Saturday from 8am-11pm and between 10am and 4pm on Sundays.
It intends to open next year.