Aldi to look for another site for second Bury St Edmunds store after multi-million pound plans withdrawn
Supermarket giant Aldi is to look for another site for a second store in Bury St Edmunds after it withdrew plans for a multi-million pound development.
The chain planned to open its second shop in the town at Suffolk Park with an innovation centre and retail/commercial kiosks in proposals that could have created nearly 400 jobs.
However, Aldi and Suffolk Park developer Jaynic last week withdrew their application after discussions with West Suffolk Council over planning policy.
A planning policy statement recommended the proposal be refused for 'failing to accord with both national and local policies'.
It noted the site was designated as employment land and the proposal was 'expected to have an adverse effect on employment generation'.
There were further objections from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District, the Economic Development and Business Growth service and the highways authority.
Aldi has a store in Dettingen Way, Bury St Edmunds, and previously said the new shop would 'reduce the need to travel' across town for some customers.
A spokesman for Aldi said: "Following the council's decision not to support the Aldi proposals for a new foodstore at Suffolk Park, as this was seen as being contrary to planning policy, Aldi have regrettably decided to withdraw their planning application and are continuing its search for a suitable site for a second store in Bury St Edmunds, to alleviate the pressure on its Dettingen Way store and reduce the need to travel for those to the east of the town.
"It would like to thank the local community for their support and patience.”
Last week, a West Suffolk Council spokesman said: "While the planning application went against both national and local planning policies, and the applicants were informed of this back in September, it was their decision to withdraw the application prior to consideration by members at the development control committee.”