New supermarket plan for former landmark housing block site

A computer-generated image of how a new Aldi supermarket at the site formerly occupied by Hahnemann Court will look.
A computer-generated image of how a new Aldi supermarket at the site formerly occupied by Hahnemann Court will look.
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COUNCILLORS will decide tomorrow whether to give the go-ahead to plans for another new supermarket in Sunderland.

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.

The single-storey Southwick store would have 99 parking spaces.

Aldi plans to open between 8am and 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 10am until 4pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

The company held a public exhibition showcasing its plans in November and received more than 130 responses, 94 per cent of which its says were positive.

Two objections to the plans were submitted to Sunderland City Council, while 40 people wrote in support.

One of the main points of the objectors was the over-representation of such stores already in the area.

They also cited concerns about the impact on smaller retailers, and further fears that the sale of cheap alcohol could lead to problems with antisocial behaviour.

An Aldi spokesman said: “Aldi has been looking to provide a new store in Southwick for a number of years, and we are pleased our application to regenerate this vacant site has received so much support from the local community.

“We hope that the Development Control Committee will be able to support this beneficial application, which offers significant community benefits, including job creation and multi-million pound investment in a site which needs regenerating.”