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Plans for new Aldi and drive-thru Greggs at old airfield site

11 Jul 2024 3 minute read
Aldi’s proposals for the Airfields site in Garden City: Source Aldi

Liam RandallLocal Democracy Reporter

Plans to create a new Aldi food store, a drive-thru Greggs and an electric vehicle charging hub at an old RAF airfield have formally been put forward.

The supermarket chain first announced details of proposals for the Airfields site in Garden City, Deeside in May, when the local community was invited to provide feedback.

The scheme includes a store with a sales area of 1,356 square metres, a drive-thru restaurant and an electric vehicle charging station with 18 spaces.

Aldi said the plans would create more than 50 jobs, representing a multi-million-pound investment in the area.

The proposals form part of the wider redevelopment of the former RAF Sealand air base on Welsh Road, where hundreds of new homes are being built.

The company has now entered a full application with Flintshire Council seeking permission to go ahead with the scheme.


Outline permission was previously granted for a new district centre at the site, including 12 retail units, back in October 2022.

However, Aldi representatives said the proposals were no longer regarded as viable and would not be progressed, with the latest plans submitted as an alternative.

In a planning statement, they said: “A revised scheme comprising a discount food store (Aldi), a drive-thru bakery unit (Greggs), and an electric vehicle charging hub is proposed to reflect current market interest in the site and the changing economic context.

“The significant investment proposed by Aldi, Greggs and the EV charging operator will provide the opportunity to bring a long vacant site back into beneficial economic use.

“The discount food store and drive-thru form part of a new district centre which will help serve the day-to-day retail needs of the Airfields community.

“The proposed electric vehicle charging station will support the transition to electric vehicles and contribute to the UK government’s net-zero emissions target for 2050.”

They added: “The proposed development will give rise to tangible economic benefits, including the creation of more than 50 full and part-time local jobs as well as various other indirect jobs in construction, supply chain, support, etc.

“Alongside these economic benefits, the scheme will enhance consumer choice and will provide further much-needed competition within the local food retail sector through the provision of a dedicated, proportionate foods tore for the Airfields community.”

In contrast to the previous proposals, Aldi described the latest plans as being “eminently deliverable”.

The company said construction would begin early next year if the scheme is approved.

A total of 176 parking spaces are included as part of the development, with access provided from the main spine road nearby.

A decision will be made on the application by the local authority at a later date.

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4 days ago

I know there are electric vehicles and increasingly more fossil fuel powered vehicles which cut the engine at a standstill to save emitting harmful gases and toxins but drive throughs really shouldn’t be allowed in this day and age. Queuing vehicles pollute the air for everyone who breathes it and the practice just encourage laziness in an already overweight, unhealthy and underproductive country. For those unable to walk in, there is these days the option of ordering online and having it brought to the parked car so absolutely no excuse for councils to continue approving permission for all-day queues of… Read more »

10 minutes ago
Reply to  Aled


Likewise buying Lego, wearing shoes, clothes and pretty much anything else we do during what we call “living”, pollutes and poisons. To the point that anything related to coffee ( and tea just to be even handed) is creating some form of pollution and poisoning.

As do volcanoes, which should be banned forthwith.

So… How do we deal with it and who should carry the cuts in population that are so important for the reduction of human induced planetary pollution?

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