Aldi hopes to open a new store on Drayton Road, Norwich

Discount supermarket Aldi wants to open a store in north west Norwich. Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Discount supermarket Aldi wants to open a store in north west Norwich. Peter Byrne/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A discount supermarket wants to open a store in north west Norwich.

Plans have been submitted to Norwich City Council for an Aldi on Drayton Road.

The application says the company wants to refurbish the existing Wickes shop, improve the car park and make better pedestrian access.

Currently on the site is Wickes and Topps Tiles, but it is not clear what would happen to those businesses if the plan gets the green light.

The application reads: 'Currently the Wickes and Topps Tiles units are occupied. It is intended to refurbish the whole building, to create a unit suited to Aldi's requirements.'


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The plan could include 158 parking bays, including eight disabled spaces and an area for 60 bikes to park.

People who live nearby have taken to social media site Street Life to discuss the plans. Many are concerned about the noise from delivery lorries while others have said they are worried about viability of small business in the area if the store goes ahead.

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Aldi not respond to a request for a comment. Topps Tiles said they are awaiting the outcome of the application and it is business as usual.

Wickes did not wish to comment at this time.

If you want to make any comments on the application, visit www.planning.norwich.gov.uk, or email to planning@norwich.gov.uk by February 23.

If you want to discuss the proposal, the officer dealing with the application is John Dougan, on 01603 212504.

• What do you think about the proposal? Email rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk

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