New supermarket plans submitted to transform derelict site

An artist's impression of the new Aldi supermarket planned for Clapham Raod, Bedford PNL-151021-133858001
An artist's impression of the new Aldi supermarket planned for Clapham Raod, Bedford PNL-151021-133858001

Plans to transform a derelict site in Bedford into a new supermarket have been lodged with the borough.

ALDI hopes to build a new store, and create 50 new retail jobs, on Clapham Road, next to the existing Sainbury’s superstore.

A spokesman for the development said after “appropriate engagement” with Bedford Borough Council a planning application has been lodged for a medium-sized supermarket and a 113-space car park on the site, which has been derelict for 15 years following the demolition of a factory.

He added: “The application includes an assessment of the traffic considerations. All highway issues have been considered and dealt with satisfactorily.”

The German budget supermarket has an existing store in Church Lane, Bedford, and has submitted plans to open a store next to the Morrisons supermarket, Ampthill Road, where concerns have been voiced over traffic chaos.

ALDI Property Director James Lowe said, “ALDI would like to open a new store in Bedford to complement our existing store and make it that little bit easier for local people to shop and save with ALDI.

“As well as improving local shopping choice with an award winning retail offer, the proposals will create up to 50 new jobs, which ALDI

will aim to recruit from the local area”.

The store will have direct access off the recently-improved roundabout that will link with the new Western Bypass.

The site is now owned by Bedford Land Investments Limited. A spokesman for the company said: “We are delighted to be working alongside ALDI to secure the physical and economic regeneration of this brownfield site that has lain vacant for 15 years.

“The development of this important gateway into Bedford will provide an important signal of confidence in the town’s re-emerging economy”.

The store is expected to open in 2017.