Hundreds of residents have got behind plans for a new Aldi supermarket in Amersham.
The affordable supermarket chain carried out a public consultation regarding their plans for a new store on the site of the former Jaguar dealership at 44 London Road West.
Aldi, who say the proposal will enhance local shopping choice, reduce the need to travel and create at least 40 new jobs, carried out the consultation before formally submitting their planning application to Buckinghamshire Council.
Out of the 549 stakeholders who participated, 93.2 per cent would like to see the site developed to provide an Aldi store, while 5.1 per cent said they wouldn’t and 1.7 per cent weren’t sure.
The website questionnaire also asked whether respondents had any other comments about the proposals.
One-hundred-and-eight people who answered positively said it would reduce journey times to other Aldi stores, while 98 others simply said they thought the proposal would be a good idea or words to that effect.
Sixty-eight said it would be great to have increased choice and further competition in the Amersham area, 57 said there were no discount food stores locally, 51 said that they liked or wanted an Aldi specifically, 25 felt it was a good use of the existing site and 18 welcomed new jobs.
The most common concern from those against the new store was that there were already enough supermarkets nearby and this one was therefore not needed. The next most common concern was about the impact on traffic. Other people said they would welcome the proposals, but not at this site.
Aldi said its project team will be responding to these concerns through the planning process. If the plan is approved, Aldi plans to open the Amersham store in 2023.