Developer launches appeal after Aldi store rejection

Developer launches appeal after Aldi store rejection

Developer launches appeal after Aldi store rejection

First published in News

A developer has lodged an appeal after it was refused permission to build a budget supermarket in Witham.

Aldi is set to open on the Maltings Estate and has already been granted overarching planning permission as part of the masterplan for the site.

In November, a council officer made a delegated decision to refuse the detailed planning application on design grounds.

Witham Town Council later argued that as it had recommended it for approval, as long as a hedge remained, and therefore the officer should not have taken the decision.

Councillor Paul Ryland, chair of the town’s planning committee, wrote to Braintree Council chief executive Nicola Beach saying the decision was against council policy.

But Braintree Council claimed the town council’s support was not regarded as complete support but rather as comment and therefore it decided against taking the matter before committee.

Developer Churchmanor Estates has now lodged an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

A decision will be made by an inspector following the receipt of written representations, which must be received by Thursday.

Witham Town Council’s planning committee is due to discuss the appeal at a meeting tonight.

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4:24pm Mon 17 Mar 14

keith_l says...

Of course it was going to be turned down. It is not Tesco.
Of course it was going to be turned down. It is not Tesco. keith_l
  • Score: 5

10:35pm Mon 17 Mar 14

british n proud says...

In 1976 when l first moved to Witham plans were already in place for the maltings development, and residents were assured that shops a community centre including doctors surgery would be built to support the residents within the surrounding area, did it happen, of course not, this is Witham not Braintree, so 38 years later what do we have, several hundred houses & nothing to support it, & still we have bungling councils holding up planning.
In 1976 when l first moved to Witham plans were already in place for the maltings development, and residents were assured that shops a community centre including doctors surgery would be built to support the residents within the surrounding area, did it happen, of course not, this is Witham not Braintree, so 38 years later what do we have, several hundred houses & nothing to support it, & still we have bungling councils holding up planning. british n proud
  • Score: 4

11:36am Tue 18 Mar 14

Rose77 says...

Looks as though someone is also trying to protect the new Morrison's express shop due to open in the former Jack and Jenny pub. The land desperately needs developing, as promised when I purchased my house. Facilities are needed, jobs will be created and all the residents I speak to are pro-development. Let's just hope they improve the roundabout just past the Lynfield site - I am sick and tired of drivers literally going straight across it and giving no consideration for those of us turning right! Lane discipline is absolutely appalling!!
Looks as though someone is also trying to protect the new Morrison's express shop due to open in the former Jack and Jenny pub. The land desperately needs developing, as promised when I purchased my house. Facilities are needed, jobs will be created and all the residents I speak to are pro-development. Let's just hope they improve the roundabout just past the Lynfield site - I am sick and tired of drivers literally going straight across it and giving no consideration for those of us turning right! Lane discipline is absolutely appalling!! Rose77
  • Score: 6

12:24pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Bhudeeka says...

I don't know who is supposedly supporting development of Jack and Jenny - everyone I know wanted Jack and Jenny's to remain as it was, a lovely pub, and the surrounding areas nurtured with countryside. All these lies about jobs being created. If everyone is so keen on living in a concrete jungle move to one but stop destroying our lovely countryside without it we simply cant exist
I don't know who is supposedly supporting development of Jack and Jenny - everyone I know wanted Jack and Jenny's to remain as it was, a lovely pub, and the surrounding areas nurtured with countryside. All these lies about jobs being created. If everyone is so keen on living in a concrete jungle move to one but stop destroying our lovely countryside without it we simply cant exist Bhudeeka
  • Score: -4

3:54pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Rose77 says...

Why is it a lie that jobs will be created? How can a business function without staff? As for spoiling the countryside, take a walk over to the Maltings site, it is strewn with weeds, litter, debris, building materials, rubble. It is unsightly and there is absolutely nothing beautiful about it. If you want countryside, travel a couple of miles in any direction and we are spoilt by beautiful Essex countryside. The truth is we need facilities, we need to attract more trade into Witham, we have to develop and this site is ideal.
Why is it a lie that jobs will be created? How can a business function without staff? As for spoiling the countryside, take a walk over to the Maltings site, it is strewn with weeds, litter, debris, building materials, rubble. It is unsightly and there is absolutely nothing beautiful about it. If you want countryside, travel a couple of miles in any direction and we are spoilt by beautiful Essex countryside. The truth is we need facilities, we need to attract more trade into Witham, we have to develop and this site is ideal. Rose77
  • Score: 9

12:16pm Wed 19 Mar 14

keith_l says...

This decision was taken by a Council employee who made two fundamental mistakes.

1. He decided not to refer it to the planning committee despite it being obvious that it will be appealed, thus costing the Braintree and Witham Council tax payers even more money.

2. He rejected it on the basis of his personal opinion that a store design used by Aldi in many other locations is not visually appealing - despite it's surroundings being a car sales plot, a newly built brick pub, and lots of proposed newly built houses.

The planning permission for a supermarket is already in place, this one was just about the design. It is pretty certain to be approved by a planning inspector - the appeal is already in, and reads very well.
This decision was taken by a Council employee who made two fundamental mistakes. 1. He decided not to refer it to the planning committee despite it being obvious that it will be appealed, thus costing the Braintree and Witham Council tax payers even more money. 2. He rejected it on the basis of his personal opinion that a store design used by Aldi in many other locations is not visually appealing - despite it's surroundings being a car sales plot, a newly built brick pub, and lots of proposed newly built houses. The planning permission for a supermarket is already in place, this one was just about the design. It is pretty certain to be approved by a planning inspector - the appeal is already in, and reads very well. keith_l
  • Score: 3

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