Green light for new Aldi store

A CGI of the proposed Aldi store in Longbenton.
A CGI of the proposed Aldi store in Longbenton.

A new supermarket creating 30 jobs has been approved.

Aldi had drawn up proposals to develop a new discount food store on land off West Farm Avenue, in Longbenton.

And on Tuesday, members of North Tyneside Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the application.

The committee heard that the store will be built on open space next to the Boulevard Shopping Centre, completing the regeneration strategy for the area.

The council received five letters of objection but 89 postcards and two letters of support.

Committee chairman Coun Tommy Mulvenna said: “This is one of the key building blocks in this shopping centre. People have been waiting for this since 2000.

“It will supply jobs. It is a quality shopping centre. A lot of people have contacted me urging it be approved.”

The store will be open 8am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday; and 10am to 6pm on Sunday.

A report to the committee said: “It is considered that the proposal would enhance and not detract from the character and appearance of the site, the shopping centre and the surrounding area.

“The application will complete the regeneration strategy for the area and will enhance the retail offer to the benefit of the local community.”