Go-ahead for new Aldi supermarket on site of former Chronicle & Echo building

An artists' impression for a new Aldi store on the Upper Mounts in Northampton.
An artists' impression for a new Aldi store on the Upper Mounts in Northampton.

Plans for an Aldi supermarket and residential development on the site of the former Chronicle & Echo building have been approved.

The major discount firm, which has more than 540 stores across the UK, intends to build its fourth store in the town on the Upper Mounts.

The former Chron building was demolished throughout last year. The Chron is now based in Victoria Street opposite the Mounts car park.

The application, asking for full permission to build a 1,810 sq metre superstore and 110 space car park, went before the borough’s planning committee last night.

Councillors granted outline permission for 19 houses between two and three storeys in height towards the northern boundary of the site. Access to the Aldi store will be via Earl Street and to the homes via Great Russell Street.

The plans were recommended for approval subject to section 106 agreements, effectively planning sweeteners, being agreed.

A spokesperson for Aldi, which launched an application for the store in March, said: “We believe this proposal offers a real opportunity to increase local shopping choice and bring a prominent, well-known site back into use for the community.”

At a previous consultation in October representatives of the firm said the new store would create up to 40 jobs, but council papers that went before the planning committee stated the store was likely to create 35 jobs.

It will be the fourth Aldi store in Northampton, after the recently opened Kingsthorpe store joined existing outlets in St James and Weston Favell.

The firm had originally said it would aim to open the doors of the store at the end of this year, but it is now not likely to open until well into 2016.