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Aldi finally gets green light for Stortford store

By Herts & Essex Observer  |  Posted: December 10, 2012

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ALDI is set to open a new Stortford supermarket after finally winning permission from East Herts District Council.

The German discount chain revised its scheme for the derelict former Lancaster Garage site on London Road three times in a bid to appease its design critics – despite already having approval for an even more unpopular plan, submitted by low-cost rival Lidl.

At a meeting of the authority’s development control committee on Wednesday (December 5), a spokesman for Aldi told members why 14 flats had been dropped from the bid: “It’s in nobody’s interest to build a white elephant in Bishop’s Stortford.

“Aldi is committed to being extremely flexible.  In total we have gone through three revisions to get to this stage.”

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He said the latest, more traditional, railway inspired look “reflected and responded to all comments” and  pledged the firm would use local materials during construction of the development which would “regenerate” the site.

Stortford committee member, Cllr Gary Jones, said: “I’m very comfortable that the changes that have been made are all for the best.

“Having seen a couple of markedly different designs from Aldi, it’s clear they are very flexible in their approach.”


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  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  January 31 2013, 3:24PM

    My husband and I friends and family ,all very delighted Aldi will be here soon just cant wait to shop ..

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  December 16 2012, 2:14PM

    All part of the bigger plan. Enlarge the town to 50,000 people plus. Have park n'rides. Pedestrianise the centre. Allow shopping mall style development. Disallow parking for residents and shoppers alike. Been on the drawing board for years. By the time everyone wakes up it will be too late. Lucky land owners selling their fields for housing. Lucky Planning Officers being able to choose which sites to build on. Lucky Councillors having such conversations with all parties, especially the prefered builders. It's still not too late...

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  December 14 2012, 12:38PM

    EHC has a lot to answer for, greed has taken over, surely it makes sense for all the empty units to be full which will bring in more money in the long term, why cant they see what is happening to what was our lovely town. We need some decent shops we shouldnt have to go as far as Cambridge we should be supporting our town. I feel sorry for the shop owners that are struggling with no help whatsoever. Its all very depressing.

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  December 13 2012, 3:25PM

    I think that one answer regarding the number of small independent shops closing, and being replaced by larger, national chains lies within the Observer's own pages a few weeks back. Rents... as an example, Pandora are, apparently paying rent of £40,500 a year. With busines rates, service charge, utilty bills and staff wages, I would guess that this means it oosts them at least £2,000 a week before opening the doors, let alone buying any products to sell! How can small independent businesses afford those sort of costs? Heading out of the town centre, or to neighbouring towns where rents are more affordable, is their only answer, sadly

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  December 12 2012, 11:27AM

    They're all closing down sunshine because a) parking issues b) nature and make up of town has changed as well as generally less money about c) no key attractive retailers d) too many eateries e) poor range of low cost retailers. If you want a thriving market town each of these issues needs to be addressed. If Maccy D's cannot make a profit here it shows how desperate it has become. It's nothing to do with a Victorian outlook. It is modern reality. Towns and Cities must compete with each other for the retailers to come in, become prosperous - then they can be taxed and the income provided improves the lot and it becomes self fulfilling. Ignore the reality and what has happened to Stortford continues until the cycle is broken. Simple. Only EHC cannot see it.

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  December 12 2012, 8:18AM

    Well said Hannah, it seems that so many people focus on the low cost shops that are in the centre of town, how about the more expensive shops further out of town. All I seem to see lately is closing down signs. People seem to forget that people do not have as much money as they used to and Bishops Stortford is lucky that so many people still use it with all the problems with parking etc!!

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  December 11 2012, 1:55PM

    What is everyone's obsession with having a quiet little market town? We are not in the Victorian ages still. I would much prefer a wide range of well know reasonably priced shops that you can buy everyday items in not an over priced table or sofa to go in the banqueting room. I would love us to have many kinds of shops like Harlow or Cambridge do as I now have to go all the way there to buy anything that is reasonably priced or suitable

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  December 11 2012, 10:50AM

    What all these comments confirm is how the nature and make up of Stortford has changed over very recent years. Stortford was once a nice, upbeat, proud Market Town. It is a mere shadow of its former self. EHC and their Policies have much to answer. Such a shame and all so predictable. Few would listen to the cries for help and now everyone wonders what went wrong. Good luck to Aldi, they certainly have a customer base here and it will only continue to grow.

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  December 11 2012, 8:20AM

    The nisa shop at havers wants to start worrying about aldi not tescos because they are cheap shops and will be popular.

  • Herts & Essex Observer  |  December 10 2012, 9:35PM

    I am pleased that Aldi has got the green light finally. The town is full of people who like to think they are more than what they are but these same people who protest an say they dont want these cheap shops are often seen going in them an coming out with their cheaper shopping still in there m an s or waitrose carriers. I always chuckle to myself when I see them I can now spot them before they get their bags out at the check out