Discount chain Aldi has presented revised plans to build a store near the A27 in Hove that will create around 50 jobs.
In January, the discounter withdrew its plans to demolish the remaining buildings of Court Farm House, Hove, at the top of King George VI Avenue, known locally as Snakey Hill, and build a new store there.
The application was due to go to Brighton and Hove City Council Planning Committee, where councilors were advised not to approve it. An official report said the transport rating was “not robust”.
The landscape has changed since Aldi withdrew its application, and the city council has granted rough planning permission for 880 homes on the neighboring Toads Hole Valley site.
Aldi’s latest plans include a 1,880 square meter store, a 1,315 square meter retail space and a parking garage with 115 spaces and eight charging stations for electric vehicles.
The company said it consulted Highways England and the council before presenting its latest plans. As a result, motorists would only have to turn left when exiting the parking lot.
A report by traffic planning and highway design consultancy Connect Consultants said the car park would meet required standards and the deal would have a “modest impact” on traffic.
The report states: “The site is accessible with a choice of means of travel and will reduce reliance on the private car, in line with national and local planning policies.”
The nearest bus stop is 150 meters away and runs every hour 21/21A. But the transport report said a new bus route would serve the homes planned for Toads Hole Valley.
Route 27 runs every 15 minutes from bus stops just under a third of a mile away – or around 500 meters – on Dyke Road.
Aldi said it had sent leaflets to more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the region as part of a consultation – and had hosted a virtual exhibition.
The company said: “The proposals have taken a personable and landscape-focused approach to designing the layout and appearance of the proposed grocery store and associated car park.
“The proposed food storage facility would have no appreciable adverse impact on the character and appearance of the receiving landscape…or the visual environment.
“Indeed, the proposals are expected to offer a number of landscape and visual benefits compared to approved residential development.”
Previously, in March 2017, city councils approved plans for 69 apartments in two three-story blocks on the site.
Two people have commented on the latest plans on the council’s website, one supporting and one opposing the motion.
The backer, whose details have been removed from the council’s website, said: “Good design.”
The opposing commentator, whose details have also been redacted, said: “I oppose any development at this location which would increase traffic in the area which is already at a standstill at all peak times plus Sunday lunchtime.
“Sometimes traffic backs up from the roundabout with the A27 and A23 back to Upper Drive.
“This also makes it almost impossible for vehicles, including public transit (No. 27), to attempt to enter Dyke Road Avenue from either Woodland Drive or Valley Drive and therefore Whitethorn Drive, where I live, causing me exposed to noise and chemical nuisance.”
Aldi paid £5.5million for the two-and-a-half acre site in 2020 and intended to build a fourth Brighton and Hove store there.
The company already has stores on London Road and Lewes Road in Brighton and Carlton Terrace in Portslade.
To view or comment on the plans, visit the planning pages on the Council’s website and search for BH2022/03483.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23140683.aldi-submit-revised-plans-build-store-close-a27-hove/?ref=rss Aldi presents revised plans to build a store near the A27 in Hove