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Anger as new Sunderland Aldi store approved

Saying no to Aldi - residents Michael Agnew, Kathy Agnew, Iris Green, Danielle Moore, Margaret Scrafton and Jackie McDonalding (holding the petition).

Saying no to Aldi - residents Michael Agnew, Kathy Agnew, Iris Green, Danielle Moore, Margaret Scrafton and Jackie McDonalding (holding the petition).

COUNCILLORS have approved plans for a new supermarket, despite concerns over traffic.

Members of Sunderland City Council’s development control sub-committee have passed plans for a new Aldi north of Doxford Park.

The decision was delayed in October, after members said they thought the layout meant HGVs could pose a risk to pedestrians.

But at a meeting on Tuesday they were shown a revised plan with a cross-hatched pedestrian route through the site.

A pedestrian ramp has also been included in the proposal and the number of parking spaces cut from 77 to 75.

Delivery hours will now end at 9pm, instead of the previously proposed 11pm.

However, people living near by still have concerns over the development, which supporters say could create up to 20 jobs.

A 430-signature petition asking for it to be refused was handed to the council.

Many of those objecting say the store will not be in keeping with the residential area, will attract antisocial behaviour, is too close to homes and will increase traffic problems.

Jackie McDonald, who lives just 30ft away from the proposed store, spoke at the meeting.

She said a council report – which stated traffic in the area would increase by just five per cent – was “at best misleading”.

She said: “The Aldi store will lead to intolerable levels of road traffic and have a significant impact on the setting on Knollside Court.”

Coun Sheila Ellis also raised concerns in the meeting and voted against the application.

The development will see older people moved out of sheltered housing at Croftside House in Knollside Close so it can be demolished to make way for the store.

 

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