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Aldi told to tiptoe into Inglewood shop strip

A new $7.5 million Aldi supermarket in Inglewood is about to go ahead as noise control hitches are worked out.

The development, which fronts Beaufort Street and Tenth Avenue, was approved in October but has been back to the Metro North West Joint Development Assessment Panel twice to re-consider noise issues from daily operations, delivery and waste removal.

The Metro North West Joint Development Assessment Panel unanimously decided yesterday to approve a rewritten condition including Aldi’s delivery management plan.

Presiding member Karen Hyde said the JDAP was considering the effect of the development on nearby residents, though no public concerns had been raised.

The site is bounded on three sides by Tenth Avenue, Beaufort Street and Eleventh Street, with residential lots along the south-eastern side.

Aldi opened its first four West Australian supermarkets in June 2016 and has grown the number of its stores rapidly to 35.

The German retailer bought the property at 96 Tenth Avenue, a former IGA supermarket, in mid 2016 for $7.98 million.

Aldi’s Inglewood development plans include a new supermarket and two restaurants. The 2735sqm lot will include 1170sqm retail space, the eateries and car parking.

The condition revised yesterday allows for deliveries and waste collection between 7am and 7pm from Monday to Saturday and 9am to 7pm Sundays and public holidays unless otherwise provided for by a delivery management plan approved by the City of Stirling.

Aldi’s delivery management plan allows for additional hours, between 6am and 7am Monday to Saturday and between 7pm and 10pm Monday to Saturday.

Ms Hyde said Aldi wanted some flexibility with delivery management and its plan was appropriate for the location.

Aldi’s delivery management plan says the company operates its own fleet and employs all the drivers, giving them control of the logistics.

The code of practice includes noise mitigation such as turning off reversing beepers and air brakes on trucks for evening and night deliveries, switching off engines, radios, refrigerated units and carefully opening and closing doors and tailgates.

Aldi’s delivery plan commits to a limited number of deliveries for bigger trucks in the extended period and training drivers in safe and quiet use of the loading dock.

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