Aldi supermarket designs revealed for Hipperholme site

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A budget supermarket has revealed its designs on how a new store could look in Hipperholme if plans are given the green light.

Aldi has confirmed that plans have been submitted to Calderdale Council for a new store in Halifax Road, Hipperholme, as they look to regenerate a site currently used for the sale of motor homes.

A spokesperson for the supermarket chain said: “Aldi are looking forward to bringing a new store to Hipperholme.

“The plans have been carefully thought out and expert advice has been sought on technical matters such as highways. The proposals will help to regenerate an untidy site and will bring 40 new jobs.

“A newsletter was sent to over 2,200 properties at the end of August. There has been a strong response to the newsletter with 60 per cent of respondents saying they would support a new store.”

The spokesperson confirmed a full and detailed analysis of the highway network has been carried out and an independent safety audit undertaken.

Aldi is now the UK’s sixth largest supermarket chain and planned to open around 80 stores across the UK this year.

It is not the first time the supermarket has looked to build a store in the area.

Plans for a new supermarket on the outskirts of Brighouse town centre were shelved in 2015 after a three year battle in the courts.

Aldi were given permission to build a store on a site in Birds Royd Lane in 2013 after a lengthy battle in the appeal courts with rival developer Younger Homes Northern Ltd. Despite looking to have won the legal challenge the retailer pulled out of the development after the Secretary of State did not make a closure order, and a Crown Court judge ruled that an ancient road running through the site, which would have been permanently closed by the development, must remain open.

The plans would have seen the buildings at Calderbank House, 9a Birds Royd Lane, Princess Works and Royd House demolished.