Question mark over Aldi’s site

Old Job Centre, St Annes.
Old Job Centre, St Annes.

A QUESTION mark still hangs over the fate of the former Conservative Club and Job Centre sites in St Annes – with planning permission for a controversial Aldi site there still to be renewed.

Store giants Aldi have applied to renew the planning consent for their development of the key site at the corner of Clifton Drive North and St George’s Road after it ran out in the summer following three years of inactivity.

But Fylde Council have confirmed that renewal has yet to be approved – and Lancashire County Council, as the highways authority – have confirmed they are looking at the plan to check what impact it will have on transport.

A Fylde spokesman said: “When planning permission lapses, as was the case here after three years, a new application has to be made and the whole process of consultation starts all over again.

“No date has yet been set for when a decision will be made in this case and it is still at the consultation stage.” St Annes traders are keen to see some development on the site, which has already been labelled an eyesore – and have been assured by Aldi that the store is still very much on their agenda.

“It’s a prime site so we would hope something can be resolved soon,” said St Annes Chamber of Trade chairman John Moxham.