Aldi begs buyers to foyer Ashford Borough Council over new Waterbrook Park retailer

Aldi begs buyers to foyer Ashford Borough Council over new Waterbrook Park retailer

Aldi is looking on buyers to foyer council bosses over a “irritating” planning situation stopping work from beginning on a brand new retailer.

The German grocery store chain gained planning permission final November for its second store in Ashford on the Waterbrook Park property off the A2070.

How the Aldi retailer on Waterbrook Park is about to look. Image: Aldi

However a situation imposed by Ashford Borough Council (ABC) means contractors can not begin work till progress is made on a separate comfort retailer on the close by Finberry housing property.

The low cost retailer has now launched a petition in opposition to the transfer because it fears Finberry residents “will proceed to don’t have any native foodstore for a number of years”.

In an announcement, a spokesman stated: “The brand new Aldi retailer has been unable to open resulting from a situation on the define planning consent which states {that a} retailer can’t be opened till a smaller, native district retailer in close by Finberry has been progressed.


“When planning was granted in 2022 for the Aldi we had anticipated the native district retailer in Finberry (which isn’t an Aldi website) to be in place by now.

“Sadly, this smaller retailer continues to be delayed within the planning system by the nutrient neutrality embargo, however we perceive that issues are actually progressing slowly.

The Aldi retailer is about to be constructed on the Waterbrook Park property off A2070 Unhealthy Munstereifel Street

“We all know this delay is irritating for our Ashford residents, significantly the residents of Finberry who stay and not using a native comfort retailer.

“That’s the reason we’re asking ABC to take away the restrictive situation in order that Aldi can press forward with the Waterbrook retailer instantly, which it is able to do.

“This is not going to have an effect on the smaller Finberry retailer from coming ahead individually, as we imagine there’s a want for each.

“However it’s going to imply that residents can lastly have the buying amenities they want with out additional delay.”

Residents in Finberry have been despatched letters in regards to the petition which can be being marketed in Aldi’s present Ashford retailer in Victoria Street.

Indicators asking clients to help the petition have been put up at Aldi’s grocery store in Victoria Street

It isn’t clear precisely how many individuals have signed the petition, however it’s understood to be greater than 300.


The chain says it’s “prepared to start out development” on Waterbrook Park and “might open in 2024” if allowed.

However Cllr Paul Bartlett (Con), ward member for Mersham, Sevington South with Finberry, feels a petition shouldn’t be the suitable manner for the chain to go about issues.

He stated: “Why did not they are saying this when the planning software was initially mentioned?

“It’s far too late to return again after the planning software has been agreed to say ‘no, we don’t like these circumstances’.

The Aldi retailer is about to be constructed on this website on the Waterbrook Park property

“Sure we would like the Aldi, however we would like it inbuilt a accountable and sustainable manner, to create the proper of neighborhood in Finberry.

“If a developer would not like a situation the right factor to do could be to resubmit the applying. I do not see the worth of their petition. It is an odd manner of going about issues.”

The separate comfort retailer, put ahead by The Ashford Nice Park Partnership, is deliberate to go close to Bullfinch Avenue about 150 yards away from Finberry Main College.

Cllr Bartlett added: “The planning situation is delicate, it requires that the development contract has been led for the constructing of a comfort retailer, not that the shop must be open.

“If the land proprietor cannot agree on a contract to construct a retailer on Finberry inside 12 months, I’d be stunned.”

Aldi’s present Ashford grocery store opened in Victoria Street in 2018

On Monday, KentOnline requested buyers visiting Aldi’s present retailer in Victoria Street what they thought in regards to the petition.

Romney Marsh resident Neil Benton, 60, says he has already signed it.

“I believe it will be important that Aldi develops,” he stated.

“I do know individuals who work for Aldi and they’re good employers.

“Ashford has individuals who want jobs as retailers have closed on the town and I believe Aldi affords a superb service and worth for cash.

Neil Benton from Romney Marsh has already signed the petition

“There may be loads of scope for an additional Aldi; a aggressive market provides good worth for cash for patrons.”

Buyers Donna Freeman and Valerie Farley say they might use the brand new retailer as will probably be nearer to their houses in Brabourne Lees.

“It might imply we would not have to return into city,” Ms Freeman stated.

“It could be higher for parking too as a result of the present Aldi has fairly a small automobile park for such a busy retailer.”

Garry Harrison, of Beaver Lane, says he’ll help Aldi’s petition because it might be good for jobs within the city.

Valerie Farley and Donna Freeman say the brand new Aldi shall be nearer to their houses in Brabourne Lees

The 54-year-old stated: “We go to about 4 completely different supermarkets each week relying on what we want so we will get the perfect costs.

“I’d help a second Aldi in Ashford as a result of any new enterprise within the space is an effective factor for jobs.”

Matt Penniall, from Chartfields, says bosses ought to “hurry up” and construct the shop.

“Tesco is our native however we wish to have the selection,” defined the 74-year-old.

“We would discover we’d use the brand new retailer greater than the present one as a result of we’re up and down the A2070 to go to the M20 most days.”

Garry Harrison says the brand new grocery store shall be good for jobs within the city
Matt and Jacky Penniall say bosses ought to “hurry up” and construct the second retailer

In response to the petition, ABC says it’s “working carefully with Aldi and the landowner to discover a manner ahead which is able to enable their improvement to start”.

“The restriction refers to an obligation in a bit 106 settlement that stops Aldi from opening there till the proposed native centre at close by Finberry has been delivered,” a spokesman stated.

“This was to keep away from the opening of Aldi impacting potential foodstore/different retail providers at Finberry which might undermine the sustainability of the event.”

Alongside Aldi, a brand new Taco Bell drive-thru can be earmarked for Waterbrook Park in addition to the city’s fourth KFC.

A large warehouse linked to distribution large Amazon can be set to be constructed on the property after plans have been authorised by ABC in 2021.

On the opposite facet of city, the council is but to determine on plans for an additional Aldi in Canterbury Street, Kennington.

Aldi additionally needs to construct a retailer in Kennington; if authorised, will probably be constructed between the M20 and Vacation Inn in Canterbury Street

The grocery store submitted a bid for a retailer on a primary piece of scrubland subsequent to Vacation Inn final summer season.

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