Work has begun on controversial plans to build a new supermarket on the site of a former city care home.
Aldi has begun construction of its new store on the site of the former Croftside Care Home in Hall Farm Road, with the aim of opening its doors in November.
The opening of the store will be the culmination of a multi-million-pound investment into the local area and has created much-needed local jobs.Aldi spokesman
The plans were originally approved in October 2013, despite claims from some nearby residents that the proposal would have a “huge impact” on them.
Jackie McDonald, who had gathered a 400-plus signatures to oppose the plans, said: “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.”
After public consultation, Aldi changed it plans, adding extra landscaping and an acoustic barrier and ensuring that the height of the new store was be lower than the existing buildings on the site.
Now demolition of the former care home has been completed, the firm has begun enabling works on-site and the steel structure will be going up shortly.
A spokesperson for Aldi said: “We are excited to bring the new store on Hall Farm Road one step closer and will soon be able to offer local residents increased choice when completing their food shopping.
“The opening of the store will be the culmination of a multi-million-pound investment into the local area and has created much-needed local jobs.
“We understand there has been some recent concern regarding the removal of a tree to the front of the site, but would like to assure people that extensive ecological surveys were commissioned as part of the development.
“The manager for the site also watched the tree for several weeks to ensure there were no nesting birds.
“Aldi will deliver high-quality landscaping as part of its development and a number of trees will be planted around the site and be maintained throughout the life of the store.”
The new store will create up to 40 new jobs, alongside those created during construction.
Any residents with concerns about the work can contact the project team on the Freephone information line 0800 298 7040.