April 20, 2023 8.33 pm This story is over 14 months old

Aldi plans for Market Deeping likely to get green light

Existing petrol station will be demolished

Plans for a new supermarket – believed to be Aldi – in Market Deeping likely to be approved next week.

South Kesteven District Council’s Planning Committee will be asked next Thursday to approve the demolition of an existing petrol filling station on Godsey Lane in order to build a new retail foodstore.

The application does not name Aldi specifically, however, the superstore launched a consultation on proposals for a new store on the site last year.

Plans for a new out-of-town Lidl were rejected last May as councillors eyed up the potential for Aldi to go in a preferred town centre location.

Lidl had hoped to build on its store on land off Peterborough Road, despite pleas from town centre traders to reconsider.

However, South Kesteven District Council’s planning committee said they couldn’t support a store there while there was a better option which would support the town’s high street.

A petrol station would be demolished to make way for the supermarket | Photo: Google

A report to councillors on the new proposed supermarket says: “The development would bring benefits to the local economy via employment opportunities (during the construction phase and within the retail store once completed), bring a low cost food store option to the area, and increase footfall within the town centre, benefitting local businesses.”

The plans have been broadly supported by local councillors who hope to encourage a second major supermarket to the town.

However, some concerns have been raised around parking, shopper safety, noise and light polution.

Plans submitted to the council do not reveal which supermarket is set to take on the site, however, Aldi launched a consultation on very similar proposals last year.

The application has received 15 letters of support, including a petition from local business owners, and nine objections.

Those in favour of the plans say it will help with the cost of living crisis and provide more choice in the area while creating town centre footfall.

However, those opposed fear it will have a negative effect on the traditional market town and will result in the loss of parking, increased traffic and will not fit into the character of the area.

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