Aldi submits application for Barnoldswick store

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Aldi has submitted a planning application to Pendle Council for a store on part of the Albert Hartley site in Barnoldswick.

The company is proposing to demolish the oldest part of Crownest Mill off Skipton Road and Crownest Road to create a new 1,735sq.m. store which it believes could create 40 jobs, as well as employment in areas such as construction, maintenance and window cleaning.

It is proposed that Albert Hartley Ltd would remain in the newer part of the Crownest Mill at the West Close Road end.

A new access from Crownest Road is also included in the application together with a 120 space car park which has spaces for cars, motorcycles and bicycles.

Pendle Council’s planning department and Barnoldswick councillors held a pre-application meeting with representatives from Aldi and Albert Hartley in March and it had been anticipated the plans would be submitted in April and be heard at Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee meeting this month.

The application is now expected to go in front of councillors for consideration in September.

Previously, an application for an Aldi in Barnoldswick was refused at a special council meeting in 2012 when three supermarket plans were considered by councillors.

An unnamed store approximately double the size to the fresh application 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.

The approved application has never proceeded.

Earlier this year, Coun. David Whipp said Albert Hartley remaining on the site and employing more people was a critical factor in getting the permission in 2012, but fresh criteria would have to be put forward in a new application to justify why an employment site should be used for retail purpose.

He said: “The planning application for an Aldi supermarket on part of the site of Crownest Mill has been submitted to Pendle Council.

“The proposal is for the buildings at the Crownest Road side of the existing Albert Hartley site to be demolished, with Albert Hartleys continuing to operate from the newer buildings at the West Close Road end.

“The full plans can be viewed on the Pendle Council website and comments submitted online.”