ALDI: Section 106 cash offers

PUBLISHED: 14:20 15 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 15 June 2010

ALDI could fork out well over £50,000 to improve pedestrian and vehicular access to its proposed new store.

ALDI could fork out well over £50,000 to improve pedestrian and vehicular access to its proposed new store.Rob Williams, the supermarket's highways consultant, told town councillors last week that £30,000 could be provided towards the cost of a footway at the western end of the development site and to help provide a pedestrian crossing, possibly in Exeter Road.A further £20,000 could also be provided, through Section 106 planning gain cash, towards upgrading bus facilities in the locality.Aldi would further seek to financially support the provision of a mini roundabout at Turks Head or contribute towards a wider scheme, which could be proposed following an extensive survey of highways in Honiton. Results of the Devon County Council exercise are unlikely to be made public before the autumn.Mr Williams admitted it would be down to Devon County Council and the Highways Agency to decide when improvements were implemented and that they may not necessarily be in place by the time a new store is built.Aldi further proposes to provide an increased number of cycle spaces for customers (16). Staff spaces will be provided inside the store building.Car parking spaces had been honed to the figure of 74, allowing for seasonal fluctuations in trade and in a bid to avoid overspill parking in the surrounding area.Councillor Vernon Whitlock asked if the county council had ever commented on the site's access.Aldi's representatives said 'no'.

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