Plans have been submitted for a new Aldi at Torquay
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A development with a new Aldi and a drive-through Costa Coffee in Torquay has come a step closer.
The retailer and its partners have submitted a planning application to Torbay Council for the multi-million pound scheme at Kerswell Gardens, near the junction of the South Devon Highway.
The company said the development would provide more than 80 new jobs.
The scheme includes a new Aldi store, new premises for Devon Garden Machinery, a drive-through Costa Coffee shop, another drive-through restaurant and takeaway, and a site for employment space.
A statement from the retailer said: “This significant investment has the potential to generate over 80 new jobs, while retaining existing jobs at Devon Garden Machinery.
“It will provide a closer foodstore so local residents can enjoy Aldi’s popular offer, reducing the need to travel to UK’s cheapest supermarket and its award-winning products.
“The coffee shop and restaurant will bring increased food and drink choice to the area, while much needed purpose-built premises will be provided for DGM.
“Further employment space for local businesses will be facilitated with improved access and services on the remainder of the site.
“The proposals include ample car parking for all elements of the development, electric vehicle charging, and extensive landscaping.”
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The retailer said more than 4,200 households and businesses were consulted on the proposals, with 60 per cent of respondents in favour.
It said popular reasons for support included the need for a local Aldi to save extra trips out of the area, and the proposals being an improvement on the current appearance of the site.
Households and businesses also welcomed the opportunity of new investment and jobs.
The retailer said typical comments included: “Really looking forward to this new store and the Costa drive through as the nearest is Exeter! Providing more local jobs is a bonus.”
Another said: “I think this is a lovely idea, for me personally. I am disabled and rely on lifts to go shopping. It would be much nearer for me, also I wouldn’t need to shop anywhere else. Look forward to it very much.”
Aldi’s property director Elliott Saunders said: “We know our customers are currently travelling some way to visit our other stores, these proposals will ensure easier access to our award-winning product range and reduce the need to travel.
“We are also excited about the possibility of making this significant investment and providing up to 40 new jobs at our store, and over 80 jobs on the wider site, at a time when it is needed most.
“Aldi would like to thank local residents and businesses for engaging in the consultation process and providing encouraging and helpful feedback on our proposals.”
Steve Dommett, Partner at Devon Garden Machinery, said the firm was delighted at the support from the community.
He said: “Our family business has been operating on the same site in Torquay for 36 years, and now we have outgrown our current premises, we very much want to stay in the local area.
“These proposals will provide us with a purpose-built premises, and also mean we can expand and provide additional local employment.”
The application has now been submitted to Torbay Council and there will be a period of public consultation before a decision.
Aldi is Britain’s fifth largest supermarket with over 900 stores and more than 36,000 employees.