New Aldi store plan in Yeadon could create 50 new jobs

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DISCOUNT supermarket giant Aldi has applied for planning permission to build a new store in Yeadon town centre, which could create up to 50 new jobs.

The retailer is seeking to build a new store on the site of the current Homebase branch at Westfield Mills, off Kirk Lane.

Aldi, which bought the freehold of the site last year, is planning to demolish the existing Homebase store and build a new 1,823 sq m supermarket on the site.

Harrogate based planning, regeneration and development company Planning Potential has submitted the planning application to Leeds City Council on Aldi’s behalf.

Rachel Ford, of Planning Potential, said in a letter to Leeds City Council: “Located within the town centre, the site represents a sustainable location for a new Aldi foodstore.

“The proposals will provide choice and competition within the convenience goods market of Yeadon, where Morrisons currently hold the monopoly.

“The scheme has been publicised through a comprehensive community consultation exercise held for local residents and businesses on November 19 2014 and received a significant amount of support, 86 per cent.”

Rachel Ford added in the letter: “The proposal will also deliver significant investment into the local economy and deliver approximately 50 new job opportunities within Yeadon.

“Aldi Stores Limited have confirmed that existing employees at Homebase will be given a job interview for the proposed Aldi store.”

Coun Sandy Lay (Lib Dem, Otley and Yeadon), said: “I welcome the Aldi plans.

“Yeadon doesn’t have enough superstores where people can go and do their weekly shop. There is just one Morrisons in Yeadon.”

A Homebase spokeswoman said: “We do not comment on speculation. Homebase can confirm it is still operating out of its site in Yeadon.”