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Appeal: Aldi food store would not harm employment opportunities


Aldi Stores has been granted permission to develop a new retail food store in Leicester, despite Leicester City Council’s argument that the development would be misuse of land designated for ‘higher grade’ business park use.

Inspector Christina Downes noted that permission had previously been granted for a mix of uses on the appeal site, including for retail, a public house and a hotel, but that there was no extant planning permission for the site. She acknowledged that business parks account for 6 per cent of all employment land in the city, and are restricted to business and general industrial uses.

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