Concerns raised over shop plans for derelict site

Artists impression'Aldi, Alnwick
Artists impression'Aldi, Alnwick
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Concerns have been raised by members of Alnwick’s

Chamber of Trade about plans to transform a derelict site into a retail development, including a worldwide supermarket chain.

Earlier this year, Northumberland Estates unveiled proposals for an Aldi shop, as well as a Majestic Wine outlet, to be built on land on South Road, Alnwick.

The scheme, for the former Willis of Alnwick plot, would create more than 30 jobs.

However, chamber of trade chairman Carlo Biagioni has told the Gazette that the majority of the committee members have worries about the proposals and would rather see the land used for housing.

He said: “We are talking about out-of-town shopping with this site and there was a feeling that this could be another nail in the coffin for the town centre.

“Of course we want that site developed, but the majority of members that have given their feedback about the plans have said that the site should be earmarked for residential purposes instead of commercial.

“Another question was, ‘Do we need shops like these, especially when there is a Lidl nearby?’ Berwick has an Aldi and a Majestic Wine and it doesn’t enhance the shopping experience.

“It would be interesting to know what the residents think about it.”