A PROPOSAL to open a new store on the outskirts of Barry has been recommended for refusal by Vale council planning officers.

Aldi’s plans for a store at the Ty Verlon Industrial Estate, in Cardiff Road, had been supported by hundreds of Barry residents.

But the company’s plan has been dealt a blow following the recommendation.

The scheme, to be decided by planning committee members at a meeting on Thursday, April 27, represents a multi-million pound investment in the town.

The company said 40 local jobs could be created.

A refusal would also impact the expansion plans of the COS Group, which is currently based at the site, but plans to increase operations elsewhere in Barry.

David Emery, managing director of COS Group, said: “It is disappointing to learn of the refusal recommendation as our plans to expand our successful operation at a larger site elsewhere within Barry would increase employment opportunities and help secure the long term future of the company in this area. I sincerely hope that the planning committee takes account of this, alongside the clear local desire for a new ALDI store in this location.”

More than 60 residents have written to the council in support of the development, with more than 215 people contacting Aldi through the pre-application consultation.

Aldi’s regional property director for South Wales Rob Jones said: “We are naturally disappointed with the recommendation of officers, especially in light of the overwhelming public support for the proposals. A new store at the Ty Verlon site would provide a significant boost to local employment in Barry, offering approximately 40 permanent posts once construction is complete.”

“We would encourage members of the planning committee to account for this important aspect of our application as the officers’ recommendation for refusal would mean these well paid jobs and the investment required over the construction phase are lost.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the public for their support for this scheme to date.”