Application lodged for fifth Aldi in Ipswich off Europa Way, Sproughton

Europa Way, Ipswich, where Aldi is planning to create a new store. Picture: ARCHANT

Europa Way, Ipswich, where Aldi is planning to create a new store. Picture: ARCHANT

Aldi has unveiled plans for a new store in west Ipswich, which if approved could become the fifth in Ipswich and Martlesham.

The budget supermarket lodged a planning application with Ipswich Borough Council last week to develop empty brownfield land off Europa Way, close to Sproughton Road with a 1254sqm store.

The retailer already has three stores in Ipswich, with plans for a fourth near Kingpin in Martlesham Heath.

If both the Martlesham and the Europa Way stores are approved, Aldi will have five stores in the town.

It was previously given approval in October 2015, before revisions were made to the plans when Aldi acquired additional land adjacent to the site.

Documents submitted by Planning Potential on behalf of Aldi said the benefits of the scheme would “include the regeneration of a prominent local site which has lain vacant for many years”.

Section 106 agreements would see the retailer contributing £14,000 towards sustainable transport and £10,000 towards a traffic regulation order.

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The application is currently in the consultation period, and will go before planners from December 13.

If approved, the store is expected to generate at least 50 jobs, with the Martlesham store also set to bring 50 jobs to the area.

The application documents added: “Fundamentally, the principle of retail food store development is already established on the site and this pre-existing consent and now this revised scheme, represent a significant local investment in Ipswich by ALDI and have been shown to fully accord with relevant planning policy objectives.”

Just a year ago, Aldi opened its latest store in Ipswich in the Pinewood area of Ipswich, which brought 55 jobs to the area.

The store at Rosehill Retail Centre opened in 2001 while the Mereidth Road store opened in the late 1990s.

An update from Aldi earlier this month said that planners were progressing with development for homes off Adastral Park, after which firm plans for the Martlesham Aldi could be confirmed.

A spokesman from Aldi was approached for comment but was unavailable at the time of going to press.