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Aldi Plans Get Green Light

Friday June 20 2014

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MAJOR plans to build an Aldi supermarket have been approved.

The plans, on High Street, Royston, have been given the thumbs up by Barnsley Council officers - not by councillors on the planning committee.

The plans are for a supermarket with parking, landscaping and ten houses.

The land was once used as a factory but has been vacant since 2009.

Coun Tim Cheetham said the situation is unusual, as it is a large, mixed-use planning application.

"It's not a normal application," Coun Cheetham added. "When I found out the plan was to be approved by officers, and not to go through the planning board, I had my reservations.

"I've sent two emails to the council that express that I'm uncomfortable with such a large application like this not going to the vote.

"When Aldi held hefty public consultations, their feedback showed more than 95 per cent of people who attended were in favour of the plans.

"This is a supermarket which the majority of people in Royston want, but what I don't want is for it to become okay to pass applications as big as this when there's quite a big divide over whether it should be built or not."

Following the public consultation, a pedestrian crossing on High Street was incorporated into the design plans after residents highlighted the need for one.

A spokesman for the council said: "Only eight to ten per cent of applications go to the planning board.

"These are usually plans which people have expressed a lot of objection to, but in the case of Aldi, the supermarket has had a lot overwhelming support, which has worked in its favour."

Will you be happy to see a new Aldi store? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Joanne on Friday June 20 2014 at 11:57
Good for the village, get that eye sore removed, creates new jobs.

Reply Posted by Tracey on Friday June 20 2014 at 12:10
I agree, it creates jobs and it will be good for local people to shop somewhere affordable

Reply Posted by Big brother is watching you on Friday June 20 2014 at 12:24
What about aldi incooperating a good old fashioned butchers counter into there plans as well

Reply Posted by kiz on Friday June 20 2014 at 13:03
Has much as it's good for the village creating new jobs etc,what about the people that already work in the local village shops? Have we thought of what impact any of this could have on their jobs....

Reply Posted by elliejoe on Friday June 20 2014 at 14:13
Big Brother what have you got against the butchers in Royston ?. Mcquillians, at the Wells is a fantastic Family Butchers, as is Jamie Attwells on Midland Road, Maggie Thatcher devistated this area when she closed the mines, the last thing we want is for people to lose their jobs, Aldi may bring a few new jobs into the Village, but it could also make some people redundant,
Think about it before you make a decision.

Reply Posted by Jim on Friday June 20 2014 at 14:44
There are 2 supermarkets in Royston already. Do we really need three? Aldi will only create a job swap. People from asda and the coop will move to aldi and those jobs won't be back filled. I could see the coop closing down when Aldi is up and running.

Reply Posted by dean on Friday June 20 2014 at 16:04
something will give as far as jobs go,it will probably be the end of the small convenience store located just across the road,something which someone has put all their life savings into.This area needs well paid jobs bringing back,not more supermarkets,i mean,how many people don't already use a supermarket?,not many I would have thought,so theres not much weight in the argument that we need more.

Reply Posted by Jase on Friday June 20 2014 at 17:02
Another Aldi in Barnsley aren't there enough of these rubbish stores already

Reply Posted by deb on Saturday June 21 2014 at 02:02
Bit late with this news as they have been working on the site for a week already!

Reply Posted by pete on Saturday June 21 2014 at 08:35
There may be two supermarkets but the coop is more expensive than any corner shop. Asda is by no means cheap and one cant rely on them relyably stocking anything. Roll on Aldi opening.

Reply Posted by emily on Monday June 23 2014 at 09:57
i think aldi will be great to royston coop is too expensive i never shop there anyway so it never gets my custom be good for the elderly cheaper food bills etc i will still use asda aswell as aldi and the high st stores i dont think they will suffer but coop lets itself down with too high prices

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Monday June 23 2014 at 16:04
This will surely be the end of the co-op on the Wells. However, they only have themselves to blame as their prices are far too high.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday June 23 2014 at 21:09
Wonder how many "Flats" that "developers" could get onto the Co-op site?

Just saying like...

Two years i'll give it, at LEAST 20 3/4 story flats...

You mark my words....

Reply Posted by Nic on Monday June 23 2014 at 16:11
It's only what Royston scratters can afford. ****hole

Reply Posted by Shaun on Monday June 23 2014 at 20:32
Small high street shops big deal. Why not try opening while 8. open on a Sunday ,and stop having stupid half day closing ! And o yes open on bank hols. If u can't compete wiv the likes of Aldi then try a few ov the above, if that dosent work then tough go out ov buisness! Reason why there's supermarkets again look at the above and oh yes more choice and cheaper prices! Absolute no brainer!!!!

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Friday June 27 2014 at 09:31
Nic - Pray tell me where you live? Mayfair? Knightsbridge?