Aldi store seeks to extend permitted working and delivery hours

Aldi supermarket in Bradley Stoke, Bristol

The Aldi supermarket group has submitted a planning application to increase the permitted working and delivery hours at its Bradley Stoke store near the Patchway Brook Roundabout.

The move is understood to be in response to an enforcement order issued by South Gloucestershire Council that accuses the store of being in breach of two conditions attached to the original planning consent for the site.

Current planning conditions restrict working and delivery times to 7am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Furthermore, “no deliveries whatsoever” may made to the shop on Sundays or Public Holidays without the prior written consent of the Council.

The new application seeks permission for working and delivery times to be extended to 6am – 8pm on weekdays and Saturdays and 8am – 6pm on Sundays and Public Holidays. The store is also asking for the ban on Sunday deliveries to be lifted.

Opening hours at the store were recently extended to 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday; Sunday hours remain unchanged at 10am to 4pm.

A covering letter submitted with the application justifies the request on the grounds that:

“… greater flexibility is required to fully service the store at Bradley Stoke to ensure the store continues to meet customers’ requirements for fresh produce.”

A number of properties in Ferndene are situated very close to the delivery yard at the back of the store and the owners/tenants of eleven residential properties in that road are to be formally consulted by the Council along with nearby businesses that include Pizza Hut, Busy Bees Nursery, Rowe Veterinary Hospital and Reed Employment.

Aldi has submitted a noise assessment study to the Council, which it claims:

“… concludes that in the context of the existing background noise levels in the locality, together with the mitigation measures, impacts associated with an extension of working/delivery times will not be excessive or cause materially significant impact to nearby uses or properties.”

Consultation on the application runs until Friday 2nd December 2011.

Delivery yard at the Aldi supermarket, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

Photo: Residential properties in Ferndene are situated close to the Aldi delivery yard.

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