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New bid for supermarket near town
ALDI is hoping to build a new supermarket at a disused site on the outskirts of Chipping Norton.
The German supermarket giant is holding two consultations in the town next week for residents to find out more.
The budget foodstore is looking to redevelop the former Highways Depot site at Cromwell Park, on Banbury Road, about half a mile from the town centre and any other supermarkets.
There are already branches of Sainsbury’s and the Co-Op in the town.
A planning application has not yet been submitted but Aldi is hoping it will create 30 jobs.
The shop would cover 1,000 sq ft and have nearly 80 car parking spaces.
In February last year a plan for a Sainsbury’s on London Road in the town was refused by West Oxfordshire District Council.
Chipping Norton Town Council had lodged a formal objection to the plan, saying it would suck trade out of the town. The group Stop Chippy’s Out of Town Supermarket was set up in response to the plan, and hundreds of people campaigned against the supermarket.
But despite its fight, the group has no plans to reform in response to the Aldi proposals.
The town council has said it would not yet make a public statement about the store plan.
Deputy town mayor Chris Butterworth said: “We will be looking at the plans but we are not commenting on them yet.
“It is more in the town centre than the Sainsbury’s which was planned. We will give our opinions when the planning application comes in.”
Town councillor Alex Corfield said: “From the opinions that I have heard when it has been mentioned, residents are generally supportive.
“I will be going to the consultation event next week.”
The town plan, which is currently being consulted on by the town council, suggests there is space in Chipping Norton for another 1,200 sq ft of retail space as the town expands with extra housing.
An Aldi spokesman said: “We are excited about the prospect of coming to Chipping Norton as we are keen to offer the local community a genuine choice when completing their weekly food shopping.
The consultation events will be held on Friday, September 27 at the Town Hall, between 3pm and 7.30pm, and on Saturday, September 28 at the Methodist Church on West Street, between 10am and 2pm.
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