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People living close to a proposed new Aldi store in Petersfield are worried that it could increase the amount of traffic near their homes.

A planning application is in for the proposed development on a brownfield site in Frenchman’s Road. 

How the new store might look

Tony Cannon of Rushes Road has started a petition and wants more thought given to the effects of traffic in streets like his.

He spoke to Shine Radio’s Stephen Martin.

Hear more in the audio.

In response, Aldi says:

Centrally located, the former Paris House site is the ideal location to allow Aldi to deliver a new store for the people of Petersfield.

In addition to bringing Aldi’s high-quality, low-cost offer to the town, the store will also provide between 30 and 50 new jobs (including full and part-time roles). Aldi prides itself on the fact that we do not use zero hour contracts and pay employees above the National Living Wage.

Our planning application includes a detailed transport assessment and we have taken great care to ensure the impact of our proposals is minimised. Throughout the pre-application process, we developed our proposals alongside Hampshire County Council highways before submitting a planning application.

The planning application we have submitted to the South Downs National Park is the result of many discussions with planning and highway officers and consultation with local residents. We found it really helpful speaking to neighbouring residents over the summer and are grateful for their feedback on the proposals.

Source: Aldi spokesperson

Planning application

You can view the application on the South Downs planning website

Petition

Tony’s petition is here.