ALDI has formally submitted a planning application to build a new supermarket on one of the busiest roads in Bournemouth

The German discount store could soon be building an entirely new supermarket in the old Parvalux business site in Wallisdown Road, at one end of the wide cycle lanes. 

Poole-based private equity firm Clark Group is taking charge of the development and is also proposing a new drive-through coffee shop. 

Aldi will have 173 car parking spaces along the road, including 29 for the drive-through, as well as spaces for 36 bicycles. 

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Documents submitted to BCP Council also reveal the current Aldi in Wallisdown Road, at Wallisdown Roundabout, is “no longer suitable for the business” nor “capable of being redeveloped” by Aldi. 

“Although Aldi has continued to invest in and maintain the existing store as far as possible, it is on a very constrained site and has a floor area significantly disconnected from the store,” it said. 

Bournemouth Echo: Parlavux in Wallisdown Road could be demolishedParlavux in Wallisdown Road could be demolished (Image: Daily Echo)

Kendall Kingscott, which has written a design and access statement to BCP Council, said the proposed new supermarket will bring new life to the site that has been empty since last year. 

The firm added: “The food store has been designed to tie in with Aldi’s branding whilst complementing the surrounding business units and reflect the materials and scale of the previous units and surrounding area.  

“The height of the building is limited to a single storey such that it does not dominate the site.” 

It is not yet clear if an operator for the coffee shop has been found yet as it’s understood not to be Aldi. 

Bournemouth Echo: Existing Aldi in Wallisdown RoadExisting Aldi in Wallisdown Road (Image: Daily Echo)

The scheme is expected to deliver between 40 and 60 full and part time jobs and would be a “regeneration” of existing brownfield land, according to Clark Group. 

The documents add the proposed supermarket would be “modest scale” compared with other Aldi supermarkets and will sell a “limited product range”. 

A decision on the application, which includes the demolition of the existing building, will be made by BCP Council in due course. Until then, residents can make comments on the scheme. 

Aldi also has other supermarkets in Mallard Road Retail Park, in Holdenhurst Road, Springbourne, Poole town centre and Fleetsbridge.