Aldi tries again for new Glass Houghton store

An artist's impression of what the new Aldi store at Glass Houghton could look like.
An artist's impression of what the new Aldi store at Glass Houghton could look like.

Discount retailer Aldi has submitted new plans for a supermarket in Glass Houghton.

The firm’s original proposals for a foodstore and a Home Bargains shop were rejected in April 2015 over fears they could significantly impact on Castleford town centre.

But the new application now includes the construction of industrial and storage units, rather than a Home Bargains, on the site of the former Hardy’s Printers, off Park Road.

A planning statement submitted as part of the application states that the concerns from Wakefield Council planners related to the retail unit and not the supermarket. I

The statement said the affect from the Aldi is considered negligible by the council’s retail consultants and that all other matters - including employment opportunities, investment and regeneration - were resolved under the previous application.

The hybrid application includes proposals for trade units, which would provide employment opportunities and be used for a variety of business purposes, such as small-scale manufacturing, storage and distribution.

The report also said the proposals should be ‘approved without delay’.

The application was submitted to Wakefield Council on September 1 and the deadline for a decision is December 2.