Mixed response for former garage site revamp scheme

Aldi and Majestic Wine exhibition at  Alnwick Cricket Club.
Aldi and Majestic Wine exhibition at Alnwick Cricket Club.

Plans to turn a derelict site into retail development have received a mixed response from the public after being unveiled for the first time.

Some residents are in favour of Northumberland Estates’ proposals to build an Aldi store and Majestic Wine outlet on land along South Road, Alnwick.

Artists impression'Aldi, Alnwick

Artists impression'Aldi, Alnwick

But others said that the scheme would have a potentially negative impact, particularly on shops in the town centre.

A number of critics felt that retail development on the former Willis of Alnwick site constituted as out-of-town.

One of the main concerns was the potential increase in traffic along South Road.

Some residents wanted to see an extension of the footpath on the side of the development. This is part of the plans.

Thoughts about the scheme were aired last Wednesday during a public exhibition at Alnwick Cricket Club, as part of the consultation process.

More than 30 jobs would be created as a result of the scheme. If approved, construction could start next year, with the stores opening in late 2014.

Colin Barnes, from the Estates, said: “The majority of people were positive about the development and, while a minority did not support the proposal, we welcomed their views.

“Aldi and Majestic Wine would increase the range of retail options and our proposal will create jobs and provide a sustainable benefit to the economy of the town in the long term.”