A town council has recommended approval of plans to bring a discount food store to town. Aldi has submitted a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for the: “Demolition of existing buildings on site. Redevelopment to provide a food store (Class E) and associated access, car parking and landscaping works” at the current site of Industrial Agricultural Engineering at Brookhouse Way in Cheadle.
A town council has recommended approval of plans to bring a discount food store to town.
Aldi has submitted a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for the: “Demolition of existing buildings on site. Redevelopment to provide a food store (Class E) and associated access, car parking and landscaping works” at the current site of Industrial Agricultural Engineering at Brookhouse Way in Cheadle.
Cheadle town councillors debated the application at their meeting on Monday (July 18) and agreed to recommend approval but not before some councillors raised concern over that the development will most likely increase the levels of traffic in the area and that it could make the area more dangerous for road users and pedestrians alike.
Councillor Gary Bentley said: “The junction assessment shows it working efficiently but it will be a very busy junction, there is no discussion in the TA of the application.
“Ultimately, the junction will be a lot busier with it being an Aldi.”
Cllr Kate Mills also said:
“I’ve had meetings with Aldi about the development.
“Overall, on that road, there have been five fatalities but many more accidents in general and I suggest that a thorough highways chronology to be done.
“Some of those accidents have been nearly deaths, the road is so dangerous, and we need to insist for measures to be in place, such as traffic speed.
“This is our opportunity to put that road right.”
Cllr Bentley added: “I have also been in touch with Severn Trent and unfortunately Aldi want to do a foot wrench.
“I’m concerned that all councils would get the blame if a one-way system was in place.
“I want an Aldi to improve the area and not to decrepit it.”
Cheadle Town Mayor councillor Sue Walley said: “It is a dangerous area and when I came to Brookhouse Lane, there were lots of heavy good lorries that park along the sides of the roads.
“It is a dangerous crossroad and they need to get the highways sorted before they go any further, as a Council, we need to put our foot down on this.
“We need to do something about the heavy lorries on the road.”
Councillor Alan Thomas said: “The development should go forward but with the recommendation that the highway has to be the top priority.
“Most sites are off the highway; Cheadle has to put forward the recommendation of the people’s safety.”
Town councillors eventually agreed to write to the SMDC to support the recommendation for an Aldi food store at the site, but with recommendations that measures need to be made to see significant road safety issues in the area amended.
We reported in March that Aldi had begun a public consultation about their plans to open on Cheadle.
In a report, accompanying the planning application to SMDC, the discount food giant stated that 95 per cent of responses to that public consultation showed support of the scheme in principle.
If given the green light by SMDC, who is the planning authority, the food store site is set to include 134 car parking spaces, along with four electric charging spaces.
The final decision on Aldi’s proposals to open a store in Cheadle will be made by SMDC. To find out more about the plans and to make a comment, visit the council’s website. SMDC’s public consultation on the plans will end on August 8, with a determination date for the plans set for September 27.
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