Two proposals have already been approved, but the site has now has been expanded. Credit: planning documents

Aldi zeroes in on Hillsborough consent

The latest proposals to develop a cleared plot previously used for Sheffield Wednesday matchday parking include drive-thru and trade counter units.

Sheffield City Council’s planning committee meets on Tuesday 4 June to consider the plans, where planning permission has previously been granted on two occasions for mixed schemes not dissimilar to that now being advanced. The first of these came from Jaguar Estates, the second from Aldi.

The ambitious foodstore group is working with planner Avison Young and architect The Harris Partnership, a regular partner.

What is different from the prior applications is that the site has now been expanded, tpo include the former Charlie Brown’s garage, giving ti further scope.

To the north-west of the city, the site is a 12-acre+ plot close to the football ground, bound by the A61 Penistone Road, Herries Road and Herries Road South.

The site mostly comprises of hard surfaced areas and is currently enclosed by temporary hoardings, the last buildings having come down in 2000.

Facing the committee is a hybrid application ,covering full consent for a 20,550 sq ft foodstore, and outline consent for a further seven units.

This includes two drive-thru resaurants and a drive-thru coffee shop, a retail unit and three flexible trade units. An electric vehicle charging hub is also included.

Although two similar applications have been granted in recent years, 127 objections have been made. Prominent among those opposed are cycling groups: CycleSheffield, Sustrans Rangers and Trans Pennine Volunteers all point out that cycling infrastructure in the area, already poor, will be negatively impacted.

Two councillors, Active Travel England and SYMCA have also made their feelings known on the cycling issue.

The plans can be viewed on the SCC planning portal with the reference 23/03815/OUT.

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