Aldi Gets Green Light

PUBLISHED: 16:43 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:29 04 May 2010

ITS official - Aldi will be up and running in Ely by Christmas next year - provided developers sign an agreement with the council by the end of the month. Councillors voted to give plans the go-ahead today (Wednesday) in what is seen as a victory for th

ITS official - Aldi will be up and running in Ely by Christmas next year - provided developers sign an agreement with the council by the end of the month.

Councillors voted to give plans the go-ahead today (Wednesday) in what is seen as a victory for the German store over its native rival Lidl.

Lidl, who had their bid to to build a store on Angel Drove refused - lodged an objection to Aldi's plans to build on Lisle Lane but despite the company's plea, councillors voted seven to four to allow Aldi, who would employ 20-30 staff, to go ahead.

The developer will also contribute towards a wide avenue-style footpath linking Lisle Lane and the Vineyards to the city centre. Planners want this constructed before the store opens and will discuss the route of delivery lorries, noise abatement, and car parking with the developer before the green light is given to start building work.

"We will be looking for a very substantial financial contribution to traffic problems that the city has and will have in future," Cllr Peter Moakes told Garry Ellis, an agent acting on behalf of Aldi.

Another non-food store will also be constructed at the back of the site - the developer is in talks with three different operators, and a small pocket of land left on what used to be Thurlow Nunn Standen could be used for housing.

Plans have not yet been submitted but three houses could be built to the east of the new Aldi building.

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