Aldi’s Middleton Arms plans are deferred

Proposals to build an Aldi supermarket on the site of the landmark Middleton Arms pub have been deferred by councillors.

The plans, which were recommended for refusal by planning officers, were deferred for a month by councillors deciding the application to allow them time to visit the site for themselves before making a final decision.

The proposals, which include the demolition of the pub and the building of a one-storey supermarket with car parking, have divided local residents.

“The building is certainly considered to be of strong heritage interest,” a report from the planning officer says. “It is a fine example of a ‘reformed’ Public House…The loss of the building…would be significantly detrimental when considered from a heritage perspective.”

The report recommending refusal of the plans can be viewed by following this link.

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