‘New Aldi will blight our lives’ – neighbours fight Sunderland store plans

Saying no to Aldi - local residents Michael Agnew, Kathy Agnew, Iris Green, Danielle Moore, Margaret Scrafton and Jackie McDonalding (holding the petition).
Saying no to Aldi - local residents Michael Agnew, Kathy Agnew, Iris Green, Danielle Moore, Margaret Scrafton and Jackie McDonalding (holding the petition).
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RESIDENTS fear a proposed supermarket will blight their lives if it is given the go-ahead.

Aldi has submitted plans to build a food store in Hall Farm on the site of Croftside Care Home.

The firm says the shop will bring in at least 20 new jobs for the area.

But people living nearby say it will have a “huge impact” on them.

They argue that with Morrisons at Doxford Park close to Hall Farm, the new store is not needed.

Jackie McDonald, who lives in Knollside Close, near Doxford Park Way, has gathered a petition with more than 400 signatures to oppose Aldi’s plans.

The 63-year-old, who has lived in Knollside for the past 18 years said: “It’s a residential area and we don’t need this.

“From looking at the plans the store will be eight metres from one of the resident’s homes.

“We are not against Aldi as a company but this doesn’t blend in with the area and there are already plenty of supermarkets nearby.”

Mrs McDonald added that residents have also expressed concerns over trade for businesses which have been in the area for decades.

“There’s a man who has had a shop on the Doxford Park shopping estate for years and we think it will have a big impact on him.”

A public exhibition about the proposals was on show for residents in January this year.

A spokesman for Aldi said: “Following the exhibition some concerns were raised by residents living nearest to the proposed store.

“Aldi has sought to address this by including additional landscaping, an acoustic barrier and by ensuring that the height of the new store will be lower than the existing buildings currently on the site and the adjacent public house.

“The application has also been submitted with a Transport Assessment.

“Aldi stores are often located close to existing residential areas.

“As a result, Aldi has developed a number of ‘neighbourhood friendly’ practices. Aldi’s unique delivery system only requires up to two HGV deliveries a day and ensures products are transferred directly from the vehicle straight into the store without the need for external movement of goods.”

A date will soon be announced when the application will be heard by Sunderland City Council.

Aldi is also hoping to build a store in Carley Hill, with a car park containing 99 spaces.

The council’s development control North Sunderland sub-committee this week decided to defer a decision on whether to approve the plans.