Aldi Regional Distribution Centre
HOW Planning has secured planning permission for several Regional Distribution Centres (RDCs) for ALDI across the UK, totalling more than 2 million ft² of distribution space. The RDCs at Logistics North in Bolton, Wentloog in Cardiff and Sheppey in Kent will each create in the order of 400 new jobs and provide a huge investment in the local economies of these areas.
For each of the schemes, which are critical to the future growth of the ALDI business, HOW’s role has been to lead the planning application process and also to advise on environmental matters.
A hybrid application for a further RDC facility at Sawley in North West Leicestershire has also been approved and will comprise more than 1 million ft² of floorspace. Full planning permission now enables 58,364 sq m of space to be brought forward for immediate development with outline permission on a further 60,000 sq m of space to be developed in the future.
Aldi identified Sawley Crossroads as an ideal location for a Regional Distribution Centre to help support the growth of its business within the region as well as delivering around 400 new jobs in the initial phase with potentially an additional 600 jobs in later phases. Due to the scale of this scheme, an Environmental Impact Assessment was required to support the application, which HOW was also responsible for coordinating.