Aldi is planning to add more than 3,000 sq ft to its existing store in Carlisle, including additional retail space and car parking, despite objections from some neighbouring properties.
The retailer’s store sits on the junction of London Road and Petteril Bank Road, but has been deemed too small by Aldi, which is now looking to expand to the rear.
This will add more than 3,000 sq ft of retail and warehousing space to provide wider aisles and more storage and retail space for fresh meat and fish products. The plans will also provide a further 34 spaces to the store’s existing car park.
Aldi’s planning application, supported by KLR Planning and BECG, was originally due to be determined by the city council’s planning committee in November. However, a decision was deferred pending a site visit, given the issues raised by neighbouring properties.
These include overshawdowing and the perceived “overbearing” nature of the proposed extension, which is set to sit only two metres away from the rear gardens of properties on Cavaghan Gardens. Some objectors had argued the store should be extended to the front rather to the rear to lessen the impact on neighbouring houses.
The application will now return to committee next week with a recommendation to approve, after the roof height was reduced by half a metre to address residents’ concerns.
A decision will be made by the committee on Friday 11 January.