Project Description

Introduction

Bromsgrove based Hinton Group, in collaboration with The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (The Trust), is bringing forward proposals for a new Aldi food store at land between Quinneys Lane and Woodrow Drive in Redditch, known as Plot 3.

The proposed 0.7 hectare site comprises the sloped grassed land at the entrance to The Alexandra Hospital estate and is not currently used for any healthcare or ancillary services and is not part of The Trust’s future plans. The site at Plot 3 has therefore been identified as surplus to healthcare requirements by The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. In accordance with the NHS property disposal policy, all the proceeds from the sale of this surplus site will be reinvested by The Trust in future developments at The Alexandra Hospital Site. The Trust is currently developing a number of plans to expand and improve services at The Alexandra Hospital Site.

The disposal of the Plot 3 site will therefore directly fund health-related improvements in Redditch, providing significant public benefit to the healthcare system and the associated food store proposals will deliver increased competition and food shopping choice for local residents and NHS staff based at The Alex. We will also work in partnership with The Trust to make sure that there is no loss of parking spaces for patients, visitors or staff. We will make sure that replacement parking spaces
are available before any current parking space is lost as a result of the development.

Contact the team

t. 0800 080 3261

e. hintongroup@devcomms.co.uk

The Site

The site is located on an area of sloped grassed land at the entrance to The Alexandra Hospital estate situated between Woodrow Drive and Quinneys Lane.

The site is in an accessible location on a key arterial route with easy access from the Birmingham Road A435 and Alcester Highway A441. The site also benefits from key public transport routes immediately adjacent to the site and bus stops on Quinneys Lane.

A new Aldi foodstore in this location would therefore meet the shopping needs of local residents in a convenient and accessible location and cut carbon emissions by avoiding the need for residents to make unsustainable journeys to other foodstores further afield and enabling the retention of expenditure here in Redditch.

The proposed store would also provide a convenient opportunity for NHS staff, patients and visitors to undertake their food shopping at the proposed Aldi in conjunction with their journey to and from the hospital and during breaks throughout the day.

Reinvestment in the Alexandra Hospital

The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has recently announced several planned healthcare infrastructure improvements as part of its clinical services strategy to meet current and future requirements at the Alexandra Hospital site in Redditch. This includes replacing existing theatres; introducing state of the art robot-assisted surgery; and, the return of the Garden Suite Chemotherapy Unit to the Alexandra Hospital from Kidderminster.

In considering its clinical services strategy for future healthcare requirements, The Trust has been evolving an indicative future land use plan for The Alexandra Hospital site, which is shown below.

As shown on the above plan The Trust has identified land that is surplus to healthcare requirements because it is not currently used for any healthcare or ancillary services and is also not part of The Trust’s future healthcare plans.

This includes 0.7 hectare of land at the entrance to The Alexandra Hospital estate known as Plot 3.

In accordance with the NHS property disposal policy, all the proceeds from the sale of this surplus site will be reinvested by the Trust in future developments at The Alexandra Hospital Site. The Trust is currently developing a number of plans to expand and improve services at The Alexandra Hospital Site.

We will also work in partnership with The Trust to make sure that there is no loss of parking spaces for patients, visitors or staff. We will make sure that replacement parking spaces are available before any current parking space is lost as a result of the development.

The Proposals

The proposals represent a significant investment and economic growth opportunity in Redditch in a very convenient location.

The new store will:

  • Meet shopping needs of local residents in a convenient and accessible location and cut carbon emissions by avoiding the need for residents to make unsustainable journeys to other foodstores further afield and enabling the retention of expenditure here in Redditch
  • Provide a convenient opportunity for NHS staff, patients and visitors to undertake their food shopping at Aldi in conjunction with their journey to and from the hospital and during breaks throughout the day
  • The 19,500 sqft Aldi store will support hundreds of jobs during construction and between 40 and 50 full and part time permanent jobs for local people, including management positions, when the store opens to customers
  • Introduce eight ultra-rapid charging points for electric vehicles, provided within the car park by Motor Fuel Group (MFG), the largest independent forecourt operator in the UK
  • Aldi is an employer of choice offering everything from competitive pay and benefits to training and personal development
  • The location of the proposed store, on a key arterial route with easy access from the Birmingham Road A435 and Alcester Highway A441, means that many customers would visit as part of other journeys already being made near the vicinity of the site
  • Introduce a wide range of local community initiatives through Aldi’s food surplus redistribution programme, healthy
    kids initiative and charity engagement programmes at the proposed Aldi store
  • The proposed new Aldi store will provide 40 cycle parking spaces and a large 111 space car park, as well as eight electric vehicle charging points.

A Wide Range Of Benefits

The proposals would provide significant benefits for the local community, including:

  • All the proceeds from the sale of this surplus site will be reinvested by The Trust in future developments at The Alexandra Hospital Site. The Trust is currently developing a number of plans to expand and improve services at The Alexandra Hospital
  • Meet shopping needs of local residents in a convenient and accessible location and cut carbon emissions by avoiding the need for residents to make unsustainable journeys to other foodstores further afield and enabling the retention of expenditure here in Redditch
  • Provide a convenient opportunity for NHS staff, patients and visitors to undertake their food shopping at Aldi in conjunction with their journey to and from the hospital and during breaks throughout the day
  • The 19,500 sqft Aldi store will support hundreds of jobs during construction and between 40 and 50 full and part time permanent jobs for local people, including management positions, when the store opens to customers
  • An electric vehicle charging station providing ultra-rapid charging points for eight electric vehicles, will be provided within the car park by Motor Fuel Group (MFG), the largest independent forecourt operator in the UK
  • The location of the proposed Aldi store, on a key arterial route with easy access from the Birmingham Road A435 and Alcester Highway A441, means that many customers would visit as part of other journeys already being made near the vicinity of the site
  • Introduce a wide range of local community initiatives through Aldi’s food surplus redistribution programme, healthy kids initiative and charity engagement programmes at the proposed Aldi store

Your Views

Hinton Group is seeking feedback from the local community in order to shape the proposals before a planning application is submitted. This leaflet provides an overview of the proposal. However, if you would like more information please visit our project website, where you can also provide your views: www.consultwithyou.co.uk/hintongroup/redditch

Should you have queries regarding the proposal and would like to discuss these with a member of our team, you can speak to our representatives at:

t. 0800 080 3261

e. hintongroup@devcomms.co.uk

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