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Revealed: Labour agrees to sell Bolton Road car park to Aldi before new store plans emerge

Labour councillors agreed to sell the Bolton Road car park to Aldi weeks before an expected planning application from the supermarket chain, it has been revealed.

Aldi want to build a new supermarket on the former Glebe Mill site, turning the public car park into one for the supermarket.

In return for the sale of the land, which has been approved by Bolton Council’s Labour executive member, a new public car park would be build behind King Street, with an entrance from Library Street.

The agreement to sell the land before any planning application has been approved will almost certainly raise eyebrows among Westhoughton residents.

Bolton Road car park
Bolton Road car park

The low-cost supermarket has recently issued a consultation document to residents asking for their views.

In the document, which you can read here, it said: “Aldi, the premium discount food retailer, is considering submitting a planning application to Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council to provide a new neighbourhood foodstore on Bolton Road, Westhoughton. Aldi is proposing to deliver its new foodstore on the site of the former mill and current Council Car Park.

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“The provision of a new Aldi foodstore in Westhoughton would bring enhanced benefits to the whole community. The proposals would bring a brand new custom built store designed to complement existing offerings on Market Street and provide more choice for local residents.

“A new Aldi would provide residents with the opportunity to purchase deeply discounted quality products. Aldi customers save between 20 and 50 percent on their shopping without compromising on quality, with everyday items available at low prices, giving residents an alternative to traditional supermarkets.”

The nearest existing Aldi store to the proposed new store is some 3 miles away on Atherton Road, Wigan.

Proposed store

Aldi stores usually open between 8am and 10pm Monday to Saturday and between 10am and 4pm on Sundays.

A new Aldi food store is proposed with a net sales area of 1,254m² and a gross internal area of 1,852m². The development will also include:

  • 99 car parking spaces for the foodstore, including; 6 accessible spaces, 5 staff spaces and 9 Parent and Child Spaces
  • Free car parking for up to 90 minutes
  • Vehicular access achieved via Bolton Road
  • Up to 40 full and part time jobs for local people
  • Landscaping to enhance the appearance of the site

The supermarket said: “Aldi is keen to transform this underutilised site by introducing a contemporary, high-quality development to the area.”

The site looking toward Bolton Road
The site looking toward Bolton Road

Car parking changes

The proposed development will include two car parks. The existing council operated and free car park will be moved from the eastern part of the site to the west and will be accessed via Library Street which will be resurfaced as part of this scheme. The new car park will provide 76 car parking spaces – more than the current council car park. The existing car park will be redeveloped as part of the Aldi store and will provide 99 customer car parking spaces. Customer access will be retained from Bolton Road.

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  1. Superb news, it’s about time Aldi opened in Westhoughton, it can’t come soon enough for me we’ve waited long enough:)

  2. We may not need another local Supermarket – although it will improve competition, or fast food outlet but another local petrol station would be good for competition, preventing the postcode lottery that is apparently being practiced by the current fuel supplier.

    1. Don’t talk daft, Elvis. Sainsbury’s fuels are always at a low price. They couldn’t be beaten by an independent.

  3. Moving access to the New Public car park to Library Street will cause absolute gridlock in Market Street. The two new car parks should be linked with access only available via Bolton Road, otherwise, the traffic flow on Market Street will increase and ruin the current pedestrian- friendly status which it currently enjoys.

    1. I agree, Ian. Maybe we could stop buses from travelling along Market Street, too, as they cause most of the congestion.

  4. About time we got a local aldi. Can’t come soon enough. Great news.

  5. Would love an Aldi in Westhoughton.. Would do more shopping in town instead of going to Leigh all within walking distance.

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  7. Excellent idea for new supermarket, but public car park via Library Street will be a disaster. The junction with Market Street will be too near the Market Street junction with Bolton Road. .

  8. Got to admit this is a welcome change from the usual house building wherever Bolton council see fit!…