A discount supermarket has submitted a planning application for a new store 20 per cent larger than the one it already has permission for.
Aldi’s new application to Rutland County Council was received last week.
The firm was given planning permission for a 1,485sqm store in Lands’ End Way, Oakham last October, following a huge show of public support.
But in June, the store said it had agreed a legal position for an adjoining piece of land, measuring 0.3 acres, which would provide enough space for a store 20 per cent larger than originally planned.
The planning application states that while the store it already has permission for is “capable of implementation”, the firm would prefer to build a store that is the “right size” from the outset.
A supporting statement with the planning application states: “The need for an Aldi store that is the ‘right size’ from opening is more pressing now that the intentions regarding other committed retail development in Oakham have become clearer. Ie. That Sainsbury’s will now not build their consented store at the Tresham College site and that Tesco will not implement the permitted extension to their town centre store.
“Given that the Aldi store represents the only qualitative improvement in shopping provision likely to materialise in Oakham for the foreseeable future, there is likely to be a very heavy demand placed on it.”
Aldi has previously said the store would create 40 full and part-time jobs. The new application would include the same lines of stock but the store would have a more spacious layout.