Rothwell supermarket plans set for green light despite objections

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Plans for a new budget supermarket in Rothwell look set to be approved by Leeds City Council despite a raft of objections.

A total of 30 objections were submitted by residents voicing fears over increasing traffic, noise pollution and the impact that the proposed Aldi store, at the former Ashleigh Signs site, in Marsh Street, would have on other shops.

All three Rothwell ward councillors voiced concerns over the plans but 49 comments in support of the application were also received by council planners.

Comments in support of the application, which was first submitted in late July last year, back the creation of around 50 jobs on the site and the idea that it will offer competition to the nearby Morrisons store.

Officers have recommended the plans for approval in a report to the local authority’s south and west plans panel, which will make a final decision on Thursday.

In a report to the panel, officers said: “The proposal replaces the existing industrial units on the site and is considered an improvement to the character of the Rothwell Conservation Area.”

Officers added that the proposed store’s hours of operation are “reasonable” and that the scheme “is not considered to have a negative impact on the highway network”.

Earlier this year, following consultation with residents, Aldi agreed to reduce the store’s delivery hours, which were initially pitched to end at 11pm six days a week, to 9pm and also moved the building further from local homes.

At the time the supermarket chain stated that its plans had been “well received” as 86 per cent of people who commented on them during consultation supported them.

The site would feature a single-storey supermarket and 110 parking spaces. It would open from Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 10pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.