Plans for Aldi store and day care centre near Irthlingborough set for refusal

Aldi wants to open a new store near Irthlingborough
Aldi wants to open a new store near Irthlingborough

Plans for an Aldi supermarket and children’s day care centre have been recommended for refusal.

The application is for a development comprising of a food store and day care centre on a triangular piece of land at Nene Business Park in Diamond Way, Irthlingborough.

The proposed development is near to the outpatients centre in Irthlingborough

The proposed development is near to the outpatients centre in Irthlingborough

The site, just off the A6, is near to the Nene Park Outpatients Clinic, the Diamond Business Park and the Nene Park stadium.

The plans by Davidsons Developments Limited say the proposed Aldi store would be a single storey building with parking at the front.

The day care building would be constructed over two floors with a private garden behind it.

If approved, the Aldi store would create about 40 jobs as well as additional employment associated with construction of the scheme.

More than 130 letters of support have been received about the application, although there have also been five objections.

Concerns raised include the impact on pedestrian safety and the impact the proposed day care centre would have on existing nurseries in the area.

Irthlingborough Town Council has said it is in favour of the Aldi store in principle, but it considers that the day centre is unacceptable as Irthlingborough has enough childcare facilities to meet and exceed demand with two of those facilities being in close proximity to the development.

The plans are due to be considered by members of East Northants Council’s planning management committee next week, with officers recommending them for refusal.

A report produced ahead of the meeting says that a test to consider edge of and accessible out of centre sites in Rushden for the Aldi store rather than Irthlingborough has not yet been ‘satisfactorily addressed.’

It also states: “It is considered that the impact assessment on town centre vitality and viability is inconclusive due to the sales densities applied which underestimate the level of impact on town centres.

“More importantly, a cumulative impact assessment has not been undertaken to consider the potential impact on the Co-operative scheme in Irthlingborough town centre and the proposed development at Nene Park.

“Fundamentally, it is also considered that the proposed Aldi, if approved, would have a significant adverse impact on the ability of the Co-operative to implement its committed in-centre investment in Irthlingborough which would likely lead to the abandonment of the Co-operative development.”

The plans will be discussed at the meeting starting at 7pm on Wednesday, May 11, in the council chamber at East Northamptonshire House in Cedar Drive, Thrapston.

To read the report in full, click here