Comprehensive redevelopment of an existing retail store and industrial site to deliver mutual benefit
Following difficulties in securing planning permission separately, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets and Aldi came together and created a scheme on a combined brownfield site to deliver two new stores in one new building.
Despite initial recommendation for refusal, members were convinced of the planning merits of the scheme, who then overturned officer recommendation at committee.
By joining forces, the retailers redeveloped this dilapidated site and helped create over 90 new jobs. The new building contains a 6,000sqm food store for Sainsbury’s and Aldi 1,000sqm store.
Costs are kept low by the use of sustainable energy and measures to reduce demand, including high levels of glazing and roof and motion-sensor lighting. A biomass boiler provides both heating and hot water, and all rainwater is harvested.
Both stores have been built and are currently trading.