The decade-long saga over the future of a derelict building in the centre of Chapel Allerton has taken another twist - as it emerges Aldi are now interested in snapping it up.
The former Allerton House, on Harrogate Road, had been bought by supermarket chain Morrisons after they secured planning permission back in 2013, despite objections by some residents that it would destroy the area and bring extra congestion and pedestrian safety issues. But after no work began on site, the Bradford-based retailer put the building back up for sale in June this year.
Now rival chain Aldi has said it is in the process of buying the site and will today hold a public consultation event before submitting a planning application.
Committee members of Chapel Allerton Neighbourhood Plan (CANPlan) - who will have to be legally consulted on Aldi’s plans - are also conducting their own consulation with residents.
Chairman Mike McGrath said a common sticking point is that, when approving Morrisons’ scheme, Leeds City Council planners insisted the store be built at the front of the site - a decision unpopular with most residents who would rather see a development at the rear.
He said: “There’s been quite a lot of heat, but of course fires that burn for 10 years get a bit less hot. But there are still a lot of strong opinions about whether or not we want a supermarket and how it should be built if we do.”
Aldi said the new store would bring 50 jobs to the area. The consultation event is at Chapel Allerton Methodist Church, on Town Street, today from 3pm to 7pm.