ALDI: Second bid imminent

PUBLISHED: 14:18 15 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 15 June 2010

DISCOUNT supermarket chain Aldi is to try again to win planning permission for a new store at a major gateway into Honiton.

DISCOUNT supermarket chain Aldi is to try again to win planning permission for a new store at a major gateway into Honiton.The company has considered objections, raised by Honiton Town Council, to its original application and, after extensive talks with Devon County Council and the Highways Agency, believes it has tackled four main concerns.Philip Warner, Aldi's property director, and three consultants, addressed town councillors during a planning committee meeting last Tuesday night.They revealed Aldi is to seek planning permission for a store on a site currently occupied by Slades Countrywise, at Turks Head.Mr Warner thanked councillors for allowing him to speak at the meeting. He said Aldi's initial, unsuccessful application had "support in some areas", but admitted there were "issues"."We are trying our hardest to work with the town council and local authority," he said. "We want to talk to you about the changes we have made since the last application.

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