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Aldi submits planning application for new store at Little Testwood Farm in Totton



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A DISCOUNT supermarket chain has submitted an application to New Forest District Council to build a new store in Totton which would create more than 30 new jobs.

As reported in the A&T, German brand Aldi expressed interest in the town last year and held a public consultation to gain locals' views.

Now it has submitted a formal application to NFDC for Little Testwood Farm in Salisbury Road.

A CGI from last year's consultation on how the store could look
A CGI from last year's consultation on how the store could look

Aldi said the supermarket, if approved, would create 25 part-time jobs and 10 full-time.

It proposes to open 8am-10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am-4pm on Sundays.

The development, adjacent to AFC Totton's training ground and stadium, would involve the erection of two separate buildings, including the main store covering approximately 1,890 square metres.

The second, of 1,848 square metres, would be an employment unit comprising a workshop area and first floor offices which would be rented or sold to another company.

The site, around 1.59 hectares, would be developed to include landscaping and 144 parking spaces, plus an extra six for disabled drivers and eight parent and child spaces.

The store could be built next to AFC Totton's football stadium
The store could be built next to AFC Totton's football stadium

There would also be four electric vehicle charging points and cycle parking spaces.

The application said: "The store itself comprises a single-storey contemporary designed building, with a mono-pitch roof design.

"The employment unit has been designed to provide flexible accommodation for a variety of potential occupiers within class B2 and B8 use [general industrial and storage/distribution].

It added: "The [second] building is a two-storey, pitched roof design with operational space provided on the on the ground floor and welfare/mezzanine areas provided at the first floor.

"The north-east elevation provides two overhead shutter doors from the building into a secure service yard.

"A total of 47 car parking spaces are proposed, with two designated for disabled users and four electric charging points."

So far there have been no letters submitted either for or against the plans. The public consultation period runs until 15th September, after which NFDC will make its decision.



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