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Revamped proposal for Aldi store in Holt

PUBLISHED: 09:11 14 November 2014 | UPDATED: 09:12 14 November 2014

An artist's impression of what the Aldi store would look like.

An artist's impression of what the Aldi store would look like.

Archant

A revamped plan has been put forward for a budget food store on the edge of a genteel Georgian town.

Thaxters wood merchants, Holt.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYThaxters wood merchants, Holt. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

German-based chain Aldi has submitted proposals for full planning permission to North Norfolk District Council.

If approved by the authority’s development committee, the store could be trading on the former Thaxter’s wood yard site on Old Station Way by early 2016.

The site already has full planning permission to be a supermarket, granted by the district council last September.

But the altered design has been submitted because the plot was originally going to be a Co-op store.

Aldi took over the development after the Co-op pulled out of a deal in March this year.

The building, next to the A148 bypass, will “reflect the site’s history” as well as creating a sustainable modern building, according an Aldi leaflet given to Holt residents.

It will include traditional design along Old Station Way and glass around the shop front, which will face the bypass and have better links to the A148 underpass to the town centre.

Trees will be planted along the bypass and there will be one access for cars and deliveries, off Old Station Way.

Parking spaces would decrease from 90 to 83, compared to the original layout.

Aldi property director, Adam Ward, said: “This multi-million pound investment would provide an enjoyable shopping destination in a high-quality building that has been designed specifically for Holt.”

He added up to 40 jobs would be created.

Holt Town Council unanimously support the application but want an extra zebra crossing around the store for safety; a proper crash barrier between the car park and bypass; and the wall along Old Station Way to better reflect the site heritage.

Section 106 agreements, including three hour free parking, granted in the initial planning permission would remain.

What do you think? Email sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

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