A decision on whether to allow the new Aldi store in Hampden Park to have stock delivered 18 hours a day will be made tonight (Tuesday).
Eastbourne Borough Council planners are meeting at the Town Hall at 6pm to consider whether to relax planning conditions imposed when the no frills superstore was granted permission to open a store on the former Cosmetica site in Faraday Close.
Aldi 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 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.
Planning officers are recommending councillors approve the changes.
A council planning spokesperson said, “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.”
Frank Woods lives in Brampton Road close to the Aldi site and said the new application was ridiculous.
“When residential properties were constructed around the Sainsbury’s store in Broadwater Way, the planning committee saw fit to restrict that store’s delivery hours to 14 hours per day, from 7am-9pm seven days per week which still stands.
“And the residential properties in that area are not as close to the store as our Brampton Road properties will be to Aldi. I therefore see no reason at all for Aldi to require 18 hours per day, extending currently permitted delivery times by two hours at the start and end of every weekday (and by an additional ten hours on Sundays), especially considering the retail floorspace of the Sainsbury store is 4,347 square metres whereas the new Aldi is reportedly only 1,250 square metres – almost a quarter of the size.
“If Sainsbury’s can manage to stock their shelves successfully within their limited delivery times, then surely Aldi should experience no difficulty at all stocking theirs within the same time “frame. This reason alone shows why this new application is ridiculous and should be refused.”
Morrisons in nearby Lottbridge Drove is also applying for permission to change delivery times from between 5am and 11pm 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.
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