Aldi submits plans to open in Mansfield Woodhouse

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Plans have been submitted to open a new Aldi supermarket in Mansfield Woodhouse.

If successful, the store, which is earmarked for Leeming Lane South, would provide up to 40 new jobs, 35 of which the discount food company says would be filled by local 
people.

The 0.77 ha site on the Old Mill Lane Industrial Estate, is currently occupied by Pegg’s DIY.

The application suggests that Pegg’s would cease trading once the outcome for the site is determined.

Plans show that the shop would cover 1,782 sq m, and would be served by 106 car parking spaces.

A new right-turn lane could be created on the A60 to filter traffic into the shop.

In a statement from Aldi that is set to go before planners at Mansfield District Council, it reads: “The proposed development will strengthen the retail mix within Mansfield Woodhouse.

“The Aldi ‘deep discount’ retail store provides an amenity to the local area which is currently lacking, along with the creation of local jobs.”

A public exhibition was held in Mansfield Woodhouse in the summer to gauge the public’s reaction, and more than 79 per cent of the 238 responses were in favour of the store opening.

Ward councillor for the area, Phil Shields, said he had spoken to a number of people and found that those who had objected, were more concerned about the traffic issues on the A60, rather than against the plans for the shop to open.

“I’ve found a lot of the objections are purely based on access and I’m still yet to be convinced about that,” added Coun Shields.

“Personally, as a ward councillor, it’s great that someone of the ilk of Aldi wants 
to open in Mansfield Woodhouse and will employ local people.

“However, as a member of the planning committee, I will wait until the end of the planning consultation before I make a decision on it.”