Green light for Aldi plans for Ellon store

Former Haldanes store in Ellon
Former Haldanes store in Ellon

ELLON is to get a new supermarket after councillors gave their backing to plans by the discount chain Aldi.

The former Haldanes building in the town centre is due to be demolished later this year.

Members of Formartine Area Committee, who had deferred a decision on the project, gave the go-ahead on Tuesday.

Councillors wanted more detailed information on the proposals and the scheme was referred to the area’s Design Review Panel.

The riverside site has lain empty since the closure of the Haldanes store two years ago.

Graham Nicolson, Aldi Stores in Scotland property director, said: ““We are absolutely delighted to have had our plans approved and give a big thank you to all our supporters, the community council, the traders’ association, our neighbours and Ellon shoppers.

“We now look forward to playing our part in regenerating this site and helping to bring additional trade into Ellon town centre. Demolition work on Haldanes is scheduled for later this year with the new store construction due to complete in summer 2014.

The developmenthas been welcomed by local members on the committee.

Councillor Richard Thomson, who moved approval, said: “The design might not be to everyone’s taste, but it is considerable less obtrusive than what is there right now. “It’s a modern design, it’s of its time and fits in as well as can be expected. Clearly it has benefited from the Design Review Panel’s involvement, and it will bring wider benefits to the town as a whole.”

Ellon Community Council chairman Sandy McDougall said: “ We are pleased that the planning application has gone though.

“The community council were supportive of the Aldi proposals from the outset and recognised it was the favoured option of the community going back to the engagement process.”