Aldi submits plans for development
LOUTH could have a new supermarket, creating 40 new jobs, within a year.
Plans for a new store in Newbridge Hill on the site of the old malt kiln have now been submitted by Aldi.
An application has been formally submitted to East Lindsey District Council planners.
It includes plans for a new mini-roundabout at the junction of Newbridge Hill and Ramsgate Road and also additional pedestrian crossings to alleviate the impact of an expected increase in traffic.
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They will decide later this year whether the major application can go ahead and work to remove the malt kiln eyesore could start in January, with the store up by autumn.
The malt kiln has been redundant for nearly 20 years and the proposed demolition, which could cost around £500,000, has been universally welcomed.
That could pave the way for a £4-million store measuring 1,571 square metres with a large car park.
Mark Taylor, property director for Aldi, said the malt kiln had been an eyesore for many years.
He said: "Aldi has received overwhelming public support following their consultation in July.
"The results of the consultation have shown that not only do people want to see the removal of the Malt Kiln, they also want to see the introduction of an Aldi to the town.
"If plans are approved later this year, work on the site could start in January 2014 with the store opening in autumn next year."
More than 200 people attended a public consultation at Louth Salvation Army Church in the summer to find out more about the plan.
Nick Louth, from Keep Louth Special, said: "We feel that the development offers an attractive option to Louth consumers who need access to low-cost food, without running the risk of doing much damage to the premium offering within the town's independent shops.
"It is a far less damaging project than a large supermarket being built on the livestock market."
A spokesman for East Lindsey District Council said: "Having received the application, the plans will be going out to consultation so people can say whether they think it is good for the area or if there are any planning issues they want to bring to our attention.
"We will be looking to make a decision within the set time frame."