Discount retailer Aldi has unveiled plans to open a store in Garstang, with 45 new jobs to be created.
The announcement comes amid growing unrest over the changing face of the traditional market town.
Campaigners, including many independent traders, have been flooding social media in dismay at a recent avalanche of proposals for major developments which they say threaten its ‘quaint, picturesque’ image
As the campaign to fight proposals for major housing, retail, business and commercial development in and around Garstang, Catterall and Nateby, gathers pace, protestors have been hit by this latest announcement of a multi-national incomer at the heart of the town.
The store – if given the green light by Wyre planners, is set to be built on the former Emo Oil site, off Moss Lane, which was closed in April.
The existing oil and gas tanks are currently being demolished and developers Morbaine Ltd, based in Cheshire, are responsible for the application with the plans to be submitted to Wyre Borough Council ‘shortly.’
The site is understood to have been sold in a multi-million pound deal.
The application from Aldi proposes the re-development of the site for a store of just over 18,000 sq.ft. with approximately 110 car parking spaces.
Representatives from Aldi and Morbaine Ltd will be presenting their proposals at the next meeting of Garstang Town Council on Monday July 21.
The Council’s planning committee meets at 6.30pm followed by the full council meeting at 7.30pm.
Members of the public will, as usual, have the opportunity to ‘raise questions or voice matters of concern’ partway through the main meeting.
A spokesperson for Certas Energy confirmed initial discussions for the store had already taken place between Wyre Borough Council and Aldi. She added: “The existing oil and gas tanks at Moss Lane are currently being demolished and Certas Energy, the parent company of Emo Oil, have entered into a deal with Aldi for a new store on the site.
“All Certas Energy staff and drivers have been relocated to existing depots nearby and the new Aldi store will provide 45 new jobs.”