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Ulverston out-of-town shops recommended for approval

Planning officials are recommending that a developer should be allowed to create a Marks and Spencer Foodhall and an Aldi supermarket on an "out of town" site on the edge of Ulverston.

South Lakeland Councillors will meet next week to discuss the proposals for the Beehive.

Artist's impression of the M&S store
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Artist's impression of site including the Aldi store
HOW Planning

The plans also include offices, industrial units and a veterinary practice on a greenfield site.

The report to councillors says the impact on the town centre is "uncertain" and the "positive benefits outweigh the potential negative impacts".

Chatham Aldi and KFC plans approved

Dean Kilpatrick

Local Democracy Reporter

Plans for a new supermarket and fast food restaurant in Chatham have been approved despite uncertainty over the future of the neighbouring site of a former Toys R Us store.

Medway Council's planning committee had previously postponed a decision on a new 1,430 sq m Aldi and a two-floor 447.5 sq m KFC on Horsted Retail Park amid doubts about what impacts the toy chain's financial problems could have on the scheme, as well as concerns about parking provision.

Applicants Royal London UK Real Estate Fund said although 177 parking spaces would be lost as a result of the project, the supermarket would still have around 20% proportionally more car parking capacity than other nearby Aldi stores.

Conservative councillor Martin Potter said: "They have done a considerable amount of work to demonstrate how the parking is sufficient. I still have some doubts, and at Christmas time I don't think it will cope, but I think that's the case for most retail centres."

Highway improvements will have to be made as part of the scheme, including widening the retail park access to provide two exit lanes, and a system to trigger a toucan crossing when "extensive queues" are not moving.

Royal London has previously said the £6m project will lead to the creation of 100 jobs.

Plans for new KFC in Chatham
Royal London

Stockpiling shoppers boost supermarkets

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Shoppers stockpiling groceries ahead of the arrival of the Beast from the East helped boost supermarket sales figures by 2.5% over the year, despite the severe cold snap.

However, shoppers visited stores 5% less often as they stayed wrapped up at home, meaning overall lost sales from the storm were £22m.

“The Beast from the East played havoc with consumers’ usual shopping plans," said Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel,

The latest grocery market share figures from the data company revealed that warming foods were favourite - with sales of tinned soup up 27.5% and hot beverages up 8.4% over the month.

Budget chains Aldi and Lidl both achieved new market share highs in the 12 weeks to 25 March. Aldi now has 7.3% share of the market while Lidl has 5.3%.

New Aldi store backed for Martlesham Heath

Nic Rigby

BBC News

A new Aldi superstore in Martlesham Heath near Ipswich has been approved by Suffolk Coastal District Council.

Artist's impression of the Aldi store plans

The 1,500 sq m (16,145 sq ft) store is due to open in Easter 2019 and Aldi said it would create 50 jobs.

Martlesham Parish Council and Woodbridge Town Council objected to the scheme, but planners also received more than 886 letters of support.

Artist's impression of the Aldi store plans

Suffolk Coastal's planning committee chairwoman Debbie McCallum said: "The public want it and that’s what we are here to do – to serve our public."

A spokeswoman from the retailer added: "Over recent years we have been overwhelmed by the local support for Aldi and would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to let us know their views - they really did make a difference."

'900 letters' of support for Aldi in Martlesham

Plans to build an Aldi store in Martlesham Heath near Ipswich look likely to be approved next week as developers plans were backed by 900 letters of support.

Proposed Aldi store at Martlesham Heath, Suffolk

The supermarket groups wants to build a store opposite the bowling alley on Gloster Road, but it has been formally opposed by Martlesham Parish Council, Woodbridge Town Council and nine neighbours.

Suffolk Coastal District Council's planning committee is considering planning permission on Monday, and planning officers are recommending approval.

Woodbridge Town Council said it would “reduce the distinctiveness of Woodbridge, Martlesham and Kesgrave”.

The number of letters sent in is believed to be among the highest ever sent to the district council in support of a planning application.

An Aldi spokesman said it would create 50 jobs and save local people "time and money."