New Aldi Store To Be Built On The Crewe Estate

Aldi is to build a new store on the North West corner of the Crewe estate in Cheshire.

At a meeting of the Cheshire East Strategic Planning Board last month Councillors voted to approve the application and permit the development on a 1.5-hectare site off University Way. The decision overturns a previous recommendation for refusal on the grounds that the site was allocated for employment in the Local Plan.

Councillors argued that the employment opportunities offered by the new store, together with overwhelming public support for the scheme justified a change in policy to allow permission to be granted.

Commenting on the decision Duchy Head of Project Management Graeme Chalk said: “This is a high quality scheme which enhances this area of the town and offers over 50 new jobs for local people. It will also bring an empty site into productive use and avoids the potential of Aldi leaving Crewe altogether. We believe that it will assist in the ongoing regeneration of this area of the town and look forward to working with Aldi as they deliver the new store in the months ahead.”

The new Aldi stores will replace the retailer’s existing shop on the Grand Junction Retail Park which closes in March 2020.

The Duchy of Lancaster’s Crewe estate extends to 1,402 hectares to the east of the town centre and is centred on the historic properties of Crewe Hall and Crewe Hall Farm where the Duchy has created a thriving office location in converted agricultural buildings. It also includes farms and residential properties in villages such as Weston and Crewe Green.