The Wokingham Paper

Consultation launched on bringing Aldi and drive-through Costa to Wokingham

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A CONSULTATION has been launched over a plan to build an Aldi and a Costa Coffee drive-through to Wokingham.

While there are rumours that the supermarket could be built at Elms Field, plans are being made to build the facility at Suttons Seeds Business Park.

Standard Life Investments said it intends to submit two planning applications to Wokingham Borough Council in April and June this year and is canvassing Earley residents’ views.

In a leaflet delivered to homes around the business park on the Wokingham/Reading border, the company said the the scheme would deliver up to 300 jobs and “forms part of a wider redevelopment plan for the Business Park which involve the demolition of existing industrial units and building four new modern industrial units”.

The supermarket would be built on the existing units 27 and 28 on the business park, which is off London Road. A second project would see unit 21 demolished and replaced by three new industrial units with ancillary office accommodation, car parking and landscaping.

Craig Thomson, Fund Manager of the Standard Life Investments Heritage With Profits Fund, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to create new jobs, both in the long term and during the construction phase, as well as complement the existing food retail offer in the local area.

“We’re very keen to listen to local views, including from those living further afield who may benefit from the jobs created and discount retail, before finalising our plans.

For more details, visit www.suttonsbusinessparkretail.com, or call 01225 422243.

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