Aldi application ‘expected in April’

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Aldi could be opening up for trade in Barnoldswick after it was revealed the supermarket is looking to build a new store.

Pendle Council’s planning department and Barnoldswick councillors have held a pre-application meeting with representatives from Aldi and Albert Hartley, the site of the proposed store.

A planning application is expected to be submitted in mid-April for an 18,000sq.ft. store on the oldest part of Crownest Mill next to Crownest Road.

According to Coun. David Whipp, that area of the mill is largely redundant and Albert Hartley’s plan would be to retain its business the newer buildings towards the West Close Road side.

An application for an Aldi in Barnoldswick was knocked back at a special council meeting in 2012 when three supermarket plans were considered by councillors.

An approximate 36,000sq.ft. unnamed store at Albert Hartley was approved by councillors, but councillors refused Aldi’s then application at the Skipton Road Business Park and an application for a Tesco at the L and P Springs site off Wellhouse Road.

Coun. Whipp said: “If all goes to schedule, the planning application could be considered by councillors in June.

“The proposal is for a store half the size of the previous approval, which didn’t proceed.

“The approval before had various conditions about Albert Hartley remaining on the site and employing more people which was a critical factor in getting the permission before.

“However, this is completely new application and there will have to be fresh criteria put forward to justify why an employment site should be used for retail purpose.”