ALDI’s appeal over Gillingham site goes to public inquiry
The appeal by supermarket chain ALDI against refusal of its application to build a store on the outskirts of Gillingham will go to a public inquiry on 13 November.
The company lodged an appeal after North Dorset District Council ruled last year that the plans for a 1,254 sq m store at Park Farm on the Kingsmead Business Park on Shaftesbury Road would take away land intended to create employment, impact the town centre and disrupt plans for planned centre of the Southern Extension development.
The council also said that other sites in the area had not been fully considered.
At the time an ALDI spokesperson told Gillingham & Shaftesbury News: ‘There are no other sites in Gillingham that are available and suitable for ALDI, so the only other option would be to progress plans elsewhere in the region.’
The company has subsequently appealed and the public inquiry will be held at Gillingham Town Council on 13 November at 10am.