Aldi to press ahead for Honiton

PUBLISHED: 10:50 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 15 June 2010

DISCOUNT supermarket chain Aldi is to press ahead with proposals for a store at a major gateway into Honiton.

DISCOUNT supermarket chain Aldi is to press ahead with proposals for a store at a major gateway into Honiton.

Outlining amended plans to members of Honiton Town Council's planning committee last night (Tuesday), Aldi's property director Philip Warner explained the company's quest to find a development site in Honiton and revealed Aldi would be sticking with land currently occupied by Slades Countrywise at Turks Head.

Aldi is offering to contribute £30,000 towards the construction of a footway on the Western side of the site and for the provision of a pedestrian crossing, possibly in Exeter Road. Through Section 106 planning gain cash a further £20,000 is being offered towards the cost of upgrading bus facilities in the locality.

Aldi is also prepared to contribute towards the cost of a mini roundabout at the Turks Head junction with Exeter Road - or assist with provisions in a wider scheme, which could be proposed following a major survey of highways in Honiton.

"We are trying our hardest to work with Honiton Town Council and the local authority," said Mr Warner. "We want to talk to you about what changes we've made since the last application."

Honiton Town Council rejected Aldi's first application, Rob Williams, Aldi's highways consultant, said the firm had now addressed those issues.

He revealed 16 cycle spaces will be provided for customers, with additional indoor facilities for staff.

Car parking spaces had been honed to 74 - to cope with seasonal fluctuations in business and to prevent overspill parking nearby.

Aldi intends to submit a formal application for the new plans as soon as possible.

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