Plans for a new Aldi store in a leafy Aberdeen suburb have been passed by city councillors.
The proposals for the supermarket in Countesswells Road, opposite the Robert Gordon’s College playing fields, were approved at a meeting of the local authority’s planning committee this morning.
Local councillor Martin Greig called for the plans to be thrown out but lost the vote 8-1.
Council officers had recommended Aldi’s proposals be approved in the hope it will cut car journeys out of the area to reach a supermarket.
Objectors claimed Countesswells is “not the sort of area” for the German discount supermarket and worried it would lower house prices.
But the opinion of the 58 objectors was outweighed by the 87 letters of support sent to the council.
Councillor Martin Greig, who sits on the committee and also represents the area, said: “I voted to refuse permission. This is a large supermarket which is much too big for the site. It will increase traffic pressures in Countesswells Road and Springfield Road.
“The area was supposed to get a small-scale local shop and instead we now have a large store that could have been located on a major road which can cope with the increased traffic volumes.”
In response to concerns over the plan Aldi previously said Aldi the store would have a “minimal” impact on the roads and is likely to add value to homes nearby.
The retailer also said it had amended parts of the plans in light of the public comments.
Earlier this summer a spokesman said: “The development of the proposals has been a collaborative process and Aldi is pleased to have been able to respond positively to a number of comments received during the pre-application process.”
The meeting was held remotely by video call, with a recording to be shared by the council on Youtube later.