ALDI has vowed to consider its options after Vale council planners threw out plans to locate a store in Barry.

The Vale council’s planning committee agreed with officers who had recommended an application by the supermarket giant to open a new site in the town be refused.

Councillors undertook a site visit yesterday, ahead of a meeting at the council's Civic office in the afternoon.

Officers previously said the chosen location - Ty Verlon Industrial Estate, Cardiff Road - would result in the loss of an existing employment site, and would be harmful to existing retail centres.

They also expressed concern about the road network, saying the necessary installation of a pedestrian crossing would cost in the region of £200,000 to £250,000.

The also said Aldi’s S106 contribution, if permission was granted, would only result in £27,000 toward road improvements in the area.

Aldi’s regional property director, Rob Jones had said that Aldi would bring “considerable benefits to Barry”, helping people reduce their bills and employing 40 local staff.

But councillors and officers voted to turn down the proposal.

A spokesman for Aldi said it the company had listened to what planners said and would be considering its position over the coming days.