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Aldi favourite to take place of 'eyesore' kiln in Louth

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

DECISION TIME:  Planners will decide on Thursday whether to approve proposals for a new Aldi supermarket in Louth.

DECISION TIME: Planners will decide on Thursday whether to approve proposals for a new Aldi supermarket in Louth.

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PLANS for a new supermarket in Louth were expected to be approved this week.

An application to build a new £4 million Aldi store on the site of the malt kiln was due to go before by councillors on Thursday, December 12.

It was recommended for approval by members of East Lindsey District Council's Planning Committee.

The 2.3 acre site in Newbridge Hill would include 102 car parking spaces and a single storey supermarket with a sales area of 1,254 square metres.

If approved, the supermarket will lead to 40 new jobs being created.

It would be open from 8am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday and Bank Holidays.

The plans also include a new mini-roundabout at the junction of Newbridge Hill and Ramsgate Road and also additional pedestrian crossings to alleviate the impact of an expected increase in traffic.

Mark Taylor, property director for Aldi, said the malt kiln, which has stood redundant for around 20 years, had been an eyesore for many years.

He said: "Aldi has received overwhelming public support following their consultation in July.

"The results of the consultation have shown that not only do people want to see the removal of the malt kiln, they also want to see the introduction of an Aldi to the town."

If the plans are given the go-ahead, building work could start as early as January 2014.

More than 200 people attended a public consultation at Louth Salvation Army Church in the summer to find out more about the plans.

Nick Louth, from Keep Louth Special, said: "The offerings of an Aldi are very much in the budget range and there is not as much overlap with local shops as there would be at a large supermarket.

"We feel that the development offers an attractive option to Louth consumers who need access to low-cost food, without running the risk of doing much damage to the premium offering within the town's independent shops.

"If this goes ahead we feel it is less likely a large one will go ahead on the site of the cattle market."

See www.eastlindseytarget.co.uk for the decision from the planning committee

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