Plans for a new Aldi superstore in Topsham face delay

PUBLISHED: 14:57 01 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:57 01 May 2015

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A controversial plan for an Aldi superstore on the outskirts of Topsham has been put on hold because it could have a negative impact on the town.

Exeter City Council (ECC) planners voted in favour of deferring the food store for further reports.

The delay allows council officers time to make sure all the paperwork has been submitted.

A report from retail experts GVA suggested the development could have ‘an adverse effect’ on Topsham.

Richard Short, the council’s assistant director of city development, said: “The main issue is that of the retail policy.

“There are sequential tests the proposal has to pass and we should refuse the application if the proposal fails any of these tests.

“It’s important we have all the information.”

The plans have split opinion in Topsham with ECC receiving 117 objections during the public consultation and 104 responses in favour.

Losing the Topsham Gap and traffic congestion were mentioned in letters of objections to the plans.

Comments made in favour of the proposal cited increased shopping choice and job creation as reasons to support the application.

The plan will be discussed at the next ECC planning committee meeting on Monday, June 1.

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