Proposal for a second Aldi store in Aylesbury

Aldi wants to build a second site in Aylesbury
Aldi wants to build a second site in Aylesbury

Budget supermarket Aldi wants to build a second store in Aylesbury on disused land off Bicester Road.

Aldi proposes redeveloping the Camden Vauxhall garage in Rimmington Way, next to the Charter pub, and if planners give it the go-ahead the store will create up to 40 new jobs.

The store would be 17,211 square feet big and there would be 105 car parking spaces.

It means that within the next couple of years there could be three supermarkets – Tesco Broadfields and the new Sainsbury’s and Aldi – in or around Bicester Road within a two-minute drive of one another.

Aldi’s current Cambridge Street store in unaffected by the proposals.

In a report to planners, the chain says: “The scheme will secure and facilitate the immediate regeneration and redevelopment of the redundant Rimmington Way site, which has now been vacant for over four years.

“The site remains vacant and Aldi’s proposals represent the only realistic and deliverable prospect of bringing it back into beneficial use for the foreseeable future.

“The Aldi store format does not include specialist butcher, fishmonger, delicatessen, chemist or bakery counters, which are commonplace with larger supermarket chains. The resulting arrangement is such that an Aldi does not offer a ‘one-stop-shop’. On this basis Aldi complements rather than competes with existing local traders.”

One resident has already contacted Aylesbury Vale District Council to give her support to the plans.

Sheila Cotton, of Bierton, said: “I fully support Aldi’s application to develop this site. The site has been redundant for far too long and is in danger of becoming an eyesore to this part of town.

“Their present store hasquickly outgrown itself and they need to expand to meet their customers’ needs.”