New store plans

ALDI SITE: The derelict land in Stockton Street
ALDI SITE: The derelict land in Stockton Street

A SUPERMARKET chain has resubmitted its plans to build a new store on derelict land.

Aldi received approval from Hartlepool Borough Council to build a new shop in the Burbank area of town back in 2009.

But the site off Stranton Road has not changed since because business bosses want to find an occupier for its current store in Teesbay Retail Park, which the proposed new shop in the town centre will replace.

Planning permission on the Burbank land is set to expire this year so Aldi is resubmitting plans in the hope a tenant can be found for the Teesbay outlet within the next three years.

A statement from the company said: “Aldi appreciates that many local residents will be disappointed that this new store has still not been built.

“However, Aldi hopes local people will understand the reasons for the delay and that Aldi remain committed to this site and to delivering a new store as soon as possible, which is why Aldi is seeking to renew its planning permission.

“It is very much hoped the local community will continue to support Aldi’s proposals and a new store can be delivered as soon as possible.”

The plans for the 10,000 sq ft store includes a glazed canopy and “traditional architectural materials” to “ensure the design sits comfortably within its surroundings”.

There are also plans for 84 car parking spaces, landscaping and improvements to surrounding roads.

The main entrance will be from Stranton Road with a secondary entrance and the exit on Clark Street. Shop bosses say there will only be one delivery each day using an articulated lorry.

The firm is also hopeful that the store will create a number of employment opportunities in the town.

The statement added: “Aldi’s proposal will not only provide new jobs but allow local residents to purchase deeply discounted products in a store which is easily accessible for the local community.”