Bangor City Council have objected to the development of a new Aldi store at the former Blakemore cash and carry site on Caernarfon Road.
The proposals would see the old building demolished and the vacant site transformed into modern food store, with a large sales area and 113 car parking spaces. The plans also include improvements to the access for site and the neighbouring Dunelm store via the creation of a new mini-roundabout on Caernarfon Road.
Councillors, however, have objected to the plans as they believe the development, if approved, is contrary to the Local Development Plan (LDP) which says ‘out-of-town’ retail developments should be restricted.
The LDP is a joint 15 year strategy agreed between Bangor and Anglesey, which concentrates on sustainable development, aiming to guide Local Planning Authority’s decision with regard to planning applications.
The development plan states that: “New retail and commercial development located outside of town centres can have a detrimental impact on the vitality, attractiveness and viability of existing centres. These impacts need to be considered when determining proposals for new retail developments.”
In their letter of objection, Bangor City Council also expressed their concerns about the current level of traffic and congestion in the area, adding: “A further large retail outlet would generate an unacceptable increase in traffic flow on Caernarfon Road which is often gridlocked currently.”
The proposed store would replace the existing store on Garth Road, which is 22 years old having opened in February 1997, and create 10 new jobs in addition to 27 staff already employed.
Full Planning Documents can be found here: https://diogel.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPCRITERIA
Reference Number: C19/0398/11/LL
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