Aldi’s plans to reduce the number of car parking spaces at their new store in Mere Street have been recommended refusal by Diss Town Council’s Planning Committee.
The discount grocer submitted a planning application to South Norfolk Council to make alterations to the car park. The size of spaces would be increased, while cycle, and parent and child spaces, would be introduced, with a loss of six spaces.
However, a total 20 spaces could be lost, reducing capacity from 90 to 70, coupled with a further application to extend the building by 42 square metres and introducing a new delivery area at the rear of the site. While the extension plans were recommended approval, concern was raised over the loss of parking, while the application for bigger spaces was recommended refusal, the committee believing it could add to issues on the A1066.
Simon Olander, chairman of the planning and highways committees, said: “They are putting a bigger store in so they will want more people to use it. So why would you want to put in a smaller car park? We have already got hold ups on Park Road, Victoria Road and Stanley Road due to the success of Morrisons and Tescos.”
A final decision on the application will be made by South Norfolk Council.