The Aldi supermarket in Bradley Stoke has been granted permission for longer “working and delivery hours” despite opposition from the Town Council.
Officers at South Gloucestershire Council have allowed the store to operate for an hour longer on all seven days of the week, overruling an objection from the Town Council’s Planning Committee that this would be “detrimental to the residential amenity of the surrounding area”.
The move was supported by a customer petition organised by Aldi, which attracted 285 signatures. No local residents objected to the application but one wrote to support it on the grounds of flexibility, competitiveness and job creation.
Hours of working at the store will now be limited to 7am – 9pm Monday to Saturday and 10am – 5pm on Sundays and Public Holidays, although it is not clear whether this will result in corresponding extensions to opening times (currently 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays and Public Holidays).
Prior to January this year, the Aldi store was forbidden from receiving deliveries on Sundays and Public Holidays, but it successfully applied to have this condition removed. A request to allow early morning “hours of working” (from 6am Monday to Saturday and 8am on Sundays and Public Holidays) was rejected on the grounds that the applicant had “failed to provide enough information in respect of potential noise disruption at very early times in the morning”.
That earlier application for the removal and relaxation of conditions was supported by a 842-name customer petition but opposed by the Town Council and one local resident.
More info: Planning application for later working hours (SGC)
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