Potential boost for planned Aldi store in Totton

PLANS for a supermarket on a greenfield site in a Hampshire town have been given a potential boost.

Aldi, which has drawn up proposals to build a 1,890sqm store at Little Testwood Farm in Salisbury Road, Totton, has been told it will not have to submit an environmental impact assessment.

The New Forest District Council’s decision means the scheme is more likely to be approved.

Aldi has submitted plans to build a supermarket in Salisbury Road in Totton.

Citing the size and location of the proposed development, a council report said the supermarket would not make “a significant cumulative contribution to the overall scale of development in the area”.

She adds that the device, which includes a job unit, would be “compatible” with this part of Totton.

“The site is mostly green fields used for grazing purposes. It is not high value agricultural land making a significant contribution to the supply of crops or livestock.”

The report says the site is too far from protected habitats for the proposed new store to have a negative effect on wildlife.

Daily Echo: Aldi wants to build a new supermarket next to AFC Totton's home.Aldi wants to build a new supermarket next to AFC Totton’s home.

It adds: “Due to its location, there would be no direct impact on the appearance of the New Forest National Park; nor would the scheme be readily visible in longer distance views along the protected landscape.

The effect of traffic fumes on local air quality could be limited by “appropriate” development management controls.

“Impacts of development can be limited to the potential risk arising during construction, which can be adequately managed through the provision of construction and ecological management plans.

“Thus, undesirable effects, detrimental to the integrity of neighboring features of environmental sensitivity, would not occur.”

Daily Echo: Totton and Eling Town Council recommends New Forest District Council approve Aldi's application.Totton and Eling Borough Council recommends New Forest District Council to approve Aldi’s application.

The proposed site adjoins the home of AFC Totton.

As reported in the Daily Echo, Totton City Council is recommending the District Council approve Aldi’s application, despite concerns over the prospect of a supermarket next to a football pitch.

Citing the ‘inevitable’ increase in traffic, he is calling for the speed limit at the east end of Salisbury Road to be reduced from 40mph to 30mph.

However, the council describes the scheme as positive, saying the proposed new store will give shoppers more choice and create jobs.

The app has also garnered several letters from locals who support the app.

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