Not going too well for Aldi on the basis of this guidance from Planing policy deskhttps://publicaccess.eastherts.gov.uk/o ... 140681.pdf
As I see it there are two or three problems. This area is designated B1 or B2 - Office/Light industrial. A retail unit would not be welcome as the overall East Herts plan looks for additional office space in Hertford/Ware/Stortford. It will mean the loss of 170 jobs and only gain 50 as feared by newgirl. They do mention the impact of road use and then the sequential test - this will draw people away from the town centre. If they hadn't built Gascoyne Way this would be in the town centre. However enough flights of fancy.
It was not so long ago that Tesco wanted to expand, always overtrading and Sainsburys own application subject to much scrutiny about impact on the town. However with Waitrose gone and housing going up all over the place like chicken pox there is not much in the way of large stores to satisfy the very growing demand. Planning mention the Vision and Design Strategy and the Bircherley Green development plans. But Aldi were offered the space and turned it down because they wanted parking on the flat. The first plans submitted had plenty of parking on the flat, a large foodstore and even more parking underground. As we know this was thrown out because a)Waitrose did not see this as a viable proposal b) the bus station couldn't be moved and c) the whole thing was put on ice as it was expected Waitrose would move to Van Hages. Ironically it was the sequential test about the impact on Ware, Hoddesdon and Broxbourne that was one of the main reasons that the application failed. That and new born lambs gambolling over the Green Belt.
Not surprisingly apart from one or two neutrals public support for Aldi is overwhelming but since when did that make any difference.