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10 August 2015

Stevenson Welcomes Progress on Plans for ALDI in Peterhead

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has met with Aldi to discuss their development plans for the Kirkburn Mill site in Peterhead and is delighted at the progress being made.

Mr Stevenson met with Aldi property director Robert Stoddart on Friday 7th August. Mr Stoddart who is managing the Peterhead site expects to submit a planning application to Aberdeenshire Council for the site by the end of the month.

Mr Stevenson said:

“Following a very productive meeting with Mr Stoddart, I am delighted that Aldi considers this site to be incredibly viable and will be moving forward with their plans in the next few weeks.

“The first phase of the project will be to develop the Aldi store with car parking on part of the four and a half acre site, and another unit will be set up close by for another retailer to come in.”

Aldi confirmed that it was in their interests for this second retail area to be sold off as soon as possible, and that they would be able to use the car parking already created on site, if the plans go through. Phase two of the project for the rest of the land would then be put into action. This land is currently allocated for retail use, but this will expire in November with the opportunity for other uses on the site to be created.

Mr Stevenson added:

“Once the plans are submitted it will be up to the council to decide, but I am very encouraged that this prominent site at the entrance to the town centre could become a hub of activity again.”

If built, the new Aldi store will create 35 new jobs.
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