First step for Aldi store plan in Louth is go

Aldi store plan for Louth is one step closer.
Aldi store plan for Louth is one step closer.

The prospect of an Aldi supermarket in the town and the demolition of the Malt Kiln are both a step closer this week.

The food giant has submitted a planning application to build a foodstore on the site of the Malt Kiln on Newbridge Hill.

The plan also includes car parking, building vehicle access and pedestrian access, external lights and ‘provision of public realm improvements with landscaping and associated works’.

East Lindsey District Council will now decide in the next few months if the plan can go ahead.

Aldi had previously said they hoped the planning application would have been submitted in August but there was a delay while they went over the plans.

A company spokesperson said: “Aldi is delighted to announce that plans have been submitted to East Lindsey District Council for their proposed store in Louth. The proposals involve the demolition of the redundant Malt Kiln building on Newbridge Hill that has remained a local eyesore for many years.

“Aldi has received overwhelming public support following their consultation in July; the results of the consultation have shown that not only do people want to see the removal of the Malt Kiln, they also want to see the introduction of an Aldi to the town.”

Mark Taylor, Property Director for Aldi, said that the multi-million pound development will create around 250 construction jobs and 40 permanent local jobs.

If plans are approved later this year then work on the site could start in January 2014, with the store opening in Autumn next year.

The issue has sparked a flurry of debate on Facebook, with many residents voicing their support. Sylvia Blythe says: “I hope it goes through. It is an eyesore at the moment and having Aldi would save a trip to Grimsby”.