Aldi is to open a store on a former prison site Plymouth, which will also be developed for student accommodation.
Planning consultancy Turley Associates, acting for Aldi Stores and Forshaw Land & Property Group, secured the planning decision that will see the former Greenbank Prison site in Plymouth used for student accommodation and a new Aldi store.
The development of the 0.83 hectare site in Mutley will see the preservation of the Grade II listed former prison building which will be converted to provide 65 student rooms. A new Aldi food store and car park will be constructed on the land adjacent to the former prison building.
Dan Templeton, director at Turley Associates in Bristol, said: “The site is in urgent need of development. Following a community consultation exercise earlier this year, the proposals for the former prison site received very supportive comments from the public and Plymouth City Council members have now unanimously granted permission. The building, which has been empty for a number of years, will be preserved and a new store provided – this was recognised as an important benefit to the local community.”
Work will start on the site shortly to enable the student accommodation to be ready for the September 2014 academic year and the new Aldi store is planned for completion at a similar time.