Plans for an Aldi store in Peterhead could come to fruition after an ‘encouraging’ response from the supermarket chain on their future in the town.
Local MSP Stewart Stevenson had contacted Aldi following concerns over the state of the derelict former mill site on the town’s South Road.
Mr Stevenson said the response he subsequently received from Aldi Stores was “extremely encouraging” and represented real progress towards finally seeing the site developed.
In his reply, Aldi’s chief executive officer for Scotland, Matthew Barnes, said: “During the course of the last couple of months we have begun to reach agreement on a number of key topics with the local planning authority and we are now in the final stages of outlining a planning process agreement, aimed at delivering a finalised planning application for the Aldi development in the next few weeks.”
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He continued: “Should our planning application be successful, Aldi will look to begin the process of delivering our long-awaited store to the Peterhead community.”
Welcoming the commitment, Mr Stevenson said: “I am very pleased that Aldi have responded in these positive terms.
“This has been a long-running issue involving a prominent site at the entrance to the town centre.
We’ve just had the opening of Buchan House, which has consolidated council and other public services onto one town centre site which was also very much in need of development.
“This brings a workforce of several hundred right to the edge of the town centre which can only be good for local shops and services.
“We now need to see this momentum carried forward with the Kirkburn Mill site being developed to its full potential and brought back into productive use.
“I hope that the very welcome progress outlined to me by Aldi can move forward at a pace,” he added.
Stuart Pratt, Councillor for PeterHead South and Cruden welcomed the response.
He said: “There’s the opportunity for jobs out of it and people will travel for cheaper food.”
Councillor Pratt also looked forward to seeing work being done with the site.
He addedd: “It will be fantastic to get something on it.”