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Through extensive community consultation, RPS secured planning permission to build an Aldi foodstore on an out of centre site.

As the site was not in a preferred location, the Council refused any pre-application discussions, however after extensive community consultation RPS submitted a planning application for consideration. Our application included a Planning Statement, Statement of Community Involvement, Design and Access Statement, Transport Assessment and Retail Report.

Despite the site being vacant for ten years, the landowner and a rival discount food retailer objected to the application on the basis of a nearby proposed development. RPS successfully argued against the objections and received support from the Council and local Ward Member who requested the application be considered at Committee.

An updated Retail Study delayed the application but we successfully submitted comments to the new version and argued that the application site was available for development unlike the objector’s favoured site.

After in-depth negotiation, the Council conceded that, in policy terms, the application site was sequentially the best available site and recommended to approve the application. Once a committee date had been set and all matters had been addressed, RPS lobbied local members to foster their support for the proposal.

Members of the Development Control Committee voted unanimously in favour of giving planning permission to the proposed discount food store subject to conditions and an S106 agreement.