COUNCILLORS are being recommended to approve plans by Aldi for a new store in Ellon.
The discount chain is proposing to demolish the existing Haldanes building in Ythan Terrace to make way for the development. The firm’s planners said it was not suitable for the supermarket’s needs.
Formartine Area Committee deferred a decision at their meeting last month and referred the application to Aberdeenshire’s Design Review Panel.
Local members of the area committee were divided on granting permission on the grounds that the design should be improved.
They were unanimous, however, in welcoming the development of the town centre site, which has lain abandoned since the closure of Haldanes store two years ago.
A report by Stephen Archer, director of infrastructure services, which will go before next week’s meeting, says the main considerations in the assessment of the application are the layout of the site, the design of the building and the likely impact of the development on the character and amenity of neighbouring properties.
The report adds: “On balance and taking into account the site’s location and poentital impact on neighbouring properties, it is considered that the design of the proposed building is acceptable, although the use of alternative materials, for example a glass roof and reflective wall panels, could be incorporated which would improve the building’s appearance.
Councillors are being recommended to approve full planning permission for the Aldi store, subject to a number of conditions.
Graham Nicolson, property director for Aldi Stores in Scotland, said: “We thought the Design Review Panel process was most constructive and we look forward to our plans being determined at next week’s Area Committee.”