New Sunderland Aldi store set for go ahead

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A REPORT into the potential impact of a new supermarket in Sunderland recommends councillors give the plans the go-ahead.

Aldi has submitted proposals for a new store at the junction of Carley Hill Road and Thompson Road, on the former site of Hahnemann Court which, it says, will create 20 jobs.

Councillors decided to postpone making a decision until they had seen a report detailing the effects a new store might have on the surrounding area.

That report concludes Aldi’s plans are acceptable, meaning councillors are likely to approve the new store at a planning meeting tomorrow.

While the report suggests there is “no quantatitive need” for the new store, it notes the area is one of the most deprived in the country.

It argues there is a localised need for a discount retailer that would “assist in improving social inclusion”.

The report also confirms Aldi will provide £50,000 of funding to install traffic lights at the junction.

An Aldi spokesman said: “We are very pleased our application to regenerate this vacant site has received so much support from the local community.

“Our plans will increase local choice, attracting new shoppers to the area, which will benefit traders in the nearby local centre.”