Plans submitted for store in housing estate

Foxhunters Cars, Whitley Bay
Foxhunters Cars, Whitley Bay

Plans have been formally submitted to build a supermarket in the heart of a residential area.

Bosses at Aldi have submitted a planning application to build a new store on a commercial site in Foxhunters Road, Whitley Bay.

As part of the company’s multi-million pound plans, they are keen to develop the site currently in use by Foxhunters Cars, creating 30 new jobs in the process.

Aldi announced the plans earlier this year and held a public exhibition in June, with 86 per cent of 316 local people supporting the proposals.

Residents backed the improved shopping choice, the accessible location of the proposed store reducing the need to travel out of the area to complete shopping needs and that the new store would improve the appearance of the site.

Aldi’s proposals would see the site redeveloped with a new single storey building, vehicle access and a 73-space car park, and a new pelican crossing on Shields Road.

New landscaping is also included which will further improve the appearance of the site and the character of the local area.

An Aldi spokesperson said: “We are encouraged by the very positive feedback we have already received from the local community about our plans to introduce a new discount food store to Whitley Bay.

“We feel this is a great opportunity to offer residents a genuine choice when it comes to completing their shopping, particularly as many local residents are currently travelling out of the local area to meet their shopping needs.

“A new Aldi store in this location will also deliver multi-million pound investment in the local area and up to 30 new jobs”

They added: “Aldi believe its proposal offers local residents the opportunity to purchase high-quality products at heavily discounted prices.

“Aldi has a unique offering and does not act as a one stop shop unlike other large retailers. Its stores meet only a proportion of customers’ convenience needs, meaning customers also use other nearby shops to fulfil their shopping requirements, increasing local vitality and helping to keep spend local.”

When the plans were first announced in May, bosses at Foxhunters Cars dismissed concerns they would close and said they would be operating from their second site on Foxhunters Road.

Malcolm Stewart said: “We would like to make it clear we have not stopped trading and that Foxhunters Cars will be working from their second site on Foxhunters Road some 300 yards past the site in question.”