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Welcome for new store on mill site in Bingley
Plans to build an Aldi supermarket on a disused former mill site have been welcomed as good news by community leaders in Bingley.
The discount food seller said the new store would create 30 full and part-time jobs and regenerate part of the town.
The proposed store would be on the disused Lilycroft Mills site on Midland Hill, Dubb Lane, which was cleared earlier this year. Before that, the former mill buildings were empty for more than a year.
Bingley councillor Mark Shaw said discussions had been ongoing for some time about Aldi moving to the town, and residents he had spoken to on Dubb Lane thought it would improve the area.
“I think it’s a really good idea. It’s good for Bingley and will bring people into Bingley. I think it’s a good start,” he said.
The Conservative councillor hopes the move may encourage Sainsbury’s to develop the former Bradford and Bingley site it owns in the town.
“It might give Sainsbury’s they kick they need,” he said. “I don’t think it will put Sainsbury’s off because it’s a totally different type of supermarket.”
Honorary vice-president of Bingley Chamber of Trade and Commerce Richard Holmes said it was “excellent” news.
“It will improve it tremendously round there.
“It’s good that a retailer like Aldi has shown confidence in the town. I actually think it will bring people in and be good news.”
Planning permission was granted in May 2012 to raze the site. A Bradford Council officer’s report at that time said the derelict mill “lends nothing positive to the street scene in this part of Bingley.”
A spokesman for Aldi said the company was excited about the proposals for the 1,400 square metre store. It will ask for public feedback at an exhibition next week before lodging a planning application with the Council.
He added: “Delivering an Aldi in Bingley would offer a real opportunity to bridge the gap in the market for a deep discount retailer,” he said.
Feedback is being sought from residents and an exhibition of the plans will take place on Tuesday, September 10, between 3pm and 7pm at Cardigan House Community Centre, Ferncliffe Road, Bingley.
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