Aldi is coming to Holmes Chapel and now it’s official. Cheshire East have granted planning permission for the new supermarket to be built on Manor Lane – you can read the official decision notice by clicking this link. The approval is subject to a number of conditions set out in the decision notice.
Not everyone seems to be in favour, there was a submission on behalf of the Co-Operative group suggesting that it would be detrimental to other traders in the Village – well as a resident, I’m quite certain that it will be and personally I’m glad to see the increase in competition because prices at the Co-Operative aren’t exactly bargain basement and the relatively recently opened Sainsbury’s isn’t particularly good either, it has a very limited range of products and it’s also expensive. Sainsbury’s have also lost any goodwill that they might have had with the village by deciding not to build a larger superstore on the site of the old Fisons building which has now been levelled – leaving the site vulnerable to yet more housing which the village (if you can still cause it a village) will struggle to cope with as the infrastructure isn’t being upgraded to match the increase in residents.
Aldi continue to disrupt the big supermarkets everywhere they go, but speaking as a regular shopper who currently has to go off to Congleton to get my Aldi shop, I’m delighted that we’re finally getting one in Holmes Chapel. Now if we could just get some more decent places to eat and drink, wider roads, enforced speed limits and more car parking then that would be nice. Are you listening Santa?