Aldi and Lidl object to planning permission for Iceland in Harlow retail park

PLANNING permission for an Iceland Food Warehouse in a retail park in Harlow has been granted but not without a strong objection by ALDI stores.

The application was passed on Wednesday night by the Harlow Council planning committee.

The application gives permission for an Iceland Food Warehouse where Carpetright is currently located in The Oaks Retail Park off Howard Way.

A detailed objection was submitted by ALDI Stores which has a store just up the road in The Stow.

There was also an objection submitted by Lidl’s who have an application to move into the old Toys R Us store in the Queensgate Centre.

A number of concerns were expressed at the meeting including one by Cllr Tony Edwards that traffic congestion is bad enough at the moment and may be much worse if a food warehouse moves in.

Film of the application can be found below.

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5 Responses to "Aldi and Lidl object to planning permission for Iceland in Harlow retail park"

  1. MickyB77   June 10, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Good for the general public.

  2. tenpin   June 10, 2019 at 11:26 am

    One has to wonder why M&S were refused permission to open a food shop some years ago in the retail park nearby. Does nothing to help get more shoppers to use the town centre. The Local Plan for Harlow suggests that car parking changes should be increased to encourage more people to use buses, but what will happen is that even more people will use the retail parks because parking is free.

  3. jarrett   June 10, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Cllr Edwards is right the traffic on Edinburgh way is terrible and most of the delays are caused by the traffic lights at KFC/Argos with traffic often back to the Toby, This was brought about when Dunelm took over Homebase and the first few weekends were chaos trying to leave the retail site so the phasing was changed on the lights and has never been put back to what it was. The 414 is an A road and should have priority over the retail estate.

  4. Martin   June 10, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I agree the phasing of the lights by KFC is terrible, and certainly doesn’t help with the traffic issues in that area. But in my experience the worst of the congestion occurs at the A414/Howard Way roundabout. People entering the Queensgate Centre retail park (and then turning to go past Decathon, etc), regularly queue back onto the roundabout — as they are held up by people manoeuvering in the car park — causing gridlock on the main road.

  5. jarrett   June 11, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Martin,
    Have only seen them queing back out at Christmas, sales etc but do not doubt you, the Edinburgh/Howard way problem is the stupid roundabout at this junction which should be levelled to a normal height to see what is actually coming round it.

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