Aldi given go-ahead to build Topsham store
PUBLISHED: 16:30 02 July 2015
An Aldi supermarket is set to be built on the outskirts of Topsham after city council planners gave it the green light.
Proposals for the food store south of Exeter Road were given the go-ahead by the city council planning committee despite recommendations to refuse it.
The decision on the proposal was deferred earlier this year to give the council more time to get all the information.
Councillors voted in favour of the project by six votes to five on Monday.
Cllr Rob Newby said: “It was a very tight decision in the end, but the proof of the pudding will be in the eating.”
He also said that, in future, any paperwork that is not complete should not be admitted as part of applications.
Topsham businessman Michael Dart has slammed the decision saying it throws any shops at the proposed Seabrook Orchard development into doubt.
He said: “It’s a bad day for the democratic process - the committee’s decision is very disappointing.
“It has totally undermined the council’s own planning policy and sustainable development principles.
“The committee decision is difficult to understand when it is contrary to local planning policy, officer advice and the council’s own retail consultation.”
The 1,600-acre site next to the town’s rugby club will offer a 98-space car park and will create 40 full and part time jobs.
During the consultation, Exeter City Council (ECC) received 245 responses with 111 in favour and 134 against.
Those in favour of the proposals suggested the supermarket would create better choice and more jobs.
People who objected to the plans cited a loss of Topsham’s identity and increased traffic as reasons for their opposition.
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