Plans for new supermarket in Leeds recommended for approval

An artist's impression of the proposed Aldi store on Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton
An artist's impression of the proposed Aldi store on Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton
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A controversial planning application for a new supermarket in a Leeds suburb has been recommended for approval.

Aldi have submitted the plans for a 1,638 sq metre store off Harrogate Road, on the former Allerton House site which has been earmarked for development for years.

After councillor earlier this year initially indicated they would reject proposals by Aldi, new plans were put forward.

These have now been recommended for approval by planning officers, with the decision due to be taken at a meeting of Leeds North and East Plans Panel on Thursday.

Around 150 objections have been raised, although planners said a bug in their system meant the same objection could be made numerous times by the same person.

The site was previously owned by supermarket chain Morrisons after they secured planning permission in 2013. But no work took place and after the site was put up for sale last year, Aldi snapped it up.

Initial plans were put forward earlier this year but planners said they were likely to be rejected unless the store was built towards the front of the site, facing onto Harrogate Road, with car parking at the back. However after a site visit and presentation by the applicants, members of the Plans Panel agreed that positioning the store at the back would be acceptable.

The plans include a 76-space car park and access off Harrogate Road, as Leeds City Council is creating a new pedestrian crossing across the busy thoroughfare.

The report to the meeting concludes: “The development of this site for a food based retail store is considered appropriate.”

Planning officers are advising that if the plans are passed, an agreement for Aldi to pay around £60,000 towards local area works including traffic management and public transport improvements should be put in place.