ALDI has submitted a planning application for a new store in Malvern after ‘overwhelming public support’ for the supermarket.
Results of a public consultation show 88 per cent of respondents backed the proposals for the store off Grovewood Road.
The application for the new discount store is now with planners and, as well as the supermarket, there will also be free customer car parking and electric vehicle charging points.
The proposals would see a multi-million pound investment in the local area by Aldi and lead to 40 full and part-time jobs – paid at a minimum of £9.55 per hour – significantly higher than the National Living Wage.
A total of 4,381 households and businesses were consulted on the proposals with Aldi receiving more than 850 responses to date, of which 88 per cent (759) were in favour of the plans.
Supportive comments included the need for increased competition in the area, reducing the need for people to travel elsewhere to do their regular shop, and the significant number of employment opportunities a new store would offer for local people.
Aldi’s Property Director, Simon Glover said: “We would like to thank residents and stakeholders for engaging in the consultation process and providing feedback on our proposals.
“We are very pleased with the level of support we have received so far and look forward to working with residents and Malvern Hills District Council throughout the application process.
“Our proposals represent an opportunity to build a new sustainable discount community food store on a brownfield site.
“A new store would help to promote competition and improve shopping choice in Malvern, as well as providing permanent employment opportunities for residents.”
The application is now with Malvern Hills District Council for consideration and it is expected that a decision will be made in the coming months.
For further information on the proposals, please visit: aldiconsultation.co.uk/malvernaldi