The supermarket group is to proceed with a 19,000 sq ft store fronting the A59 Northway, also securing outline consent for drive-through coffee shop and restaurant units.
Sefton Council’s planning committee yesterday approved the proposal for a former filling station site, more recently used as a car showroom, with an 11-2 verdict in favour.
Ahead of committee, planning officers mapped out that s small part of the site falls within the Green Belt boundary, but that the “very clear benefits” brought by the scheme would clearly outweigh any harm. Fifteeen objections were lodged, including two on behalf of rival grocers Morrisons and Lidl.
Architect The Harris Partnership, a regular partner of the burgeoning grocery chain, has designed the Northway scheme.
Avison Young advised on a hybrid application, seeking full consent for the 19,000 sq ft foodstore and outline consent for the two drive-through units. The scheme sits on the fringe of Maghull, and represents Aldi’s first in the town.
The other key item at committee, a proposal from retirement living specialist McCarthy & Stone, was deferred.
The developer intends to build 44 one- and two-bedroom apartments on a site previously occupied by the Royal British Legion on Liverpool Road South, also in Maghull.
Under the plans, the single-storey red brick building would be replaced by a four-storey, L-shaped block, bordered by the Leeds/Liverpool canal.