Aldi set to go ahead despite fears it will affect Topsham stores

PUBLISHED: 09:12 23 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:12 23 April 2015

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Plans for an Aldi superstore just outside Topsham look set to be given the go-ahead by Exeter City Council (ECC).

Planners are set to recommend that the application for the site between Newport Park and the M5 is approved.

Independent retail expert GVA has told ECC the plans would cause an ‘adverse impact’ on Topsham businesses.

The council has received 117 letters from objectors, including the Co-operative.

Issues such as the impact on Topsham’s independent retailers and an increase in traffic were mentioned as reasons for objecting.

Richard Tucker, of Richard’s Greengrocers, said: “It will be disastrous because, when the Co-op extended their hours, it had an affect on our trade.

“It will have a huge affect on the town.”

Jim Kingston, of Topsham Wines, said: “The car parking situation in Topsham has killed the town.

“All those who cannot park in Topsham go straight to Darts Farm and do their shopping there.”

Exeter City Council has also received 104 letters of support for the plans.

People who are in support of the development say the supermarket would be a ‘welcome addition’ and create jobs.

The plan will be discussed at the Exeter City Council planning meeting on Monday, April 27.

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