Aldi could have free reign to take stock deliveries around the clock at their upcoming Topsham store if planners agree to waive their restrictions on Monday.
When planners gave the budget supermarket the thumbs up to build a branch on land off Topsham Road last year, they attached various conditions to the project they have to abide by.
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One such condition added a restriction on hours in which they could take deliveries of stock into the branch.
It limited delivery times to 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 6pm on Sundays and bank holidays.
On Monday, planners will decide whether to waive this restriction.
Letters of objection to the request from Aldi have been received by Exeter City Council, including an objection from Topsham Community Association.
In it, a spokesperson for the group said they “strongly object” to the proposed change in hours.
It adds: “The proposed change means that there will be an unwanted increase in the noise level and disruption to the Topsham community along the routes, actual and potential, taken by large, and therefore noisy delivery lorries.
“The community association feels that the significant adverse impact of heavy lorries driving through quiet streets at night would outweigh any possible benefit that Aldi derive from the liberty to deliver between 11pm and 7am Monday to Saturday and 6pm and 9am on Sundays and Bank holidays.”
Aldi say lifting the restriction would provide “the best service and shopping environment to its customers” as it would make the store as efficient as possible in replenishing the “sheer amount of stock” they expect to handle.
The new Aldi supermarket on the edge of Topsham is set to open by the end of this year with construction under way at the Topsham Road site.
Proposals for the budget store south of Exeter Road were given the go-ahead by the city council planning committee this time last year, despite recommendations to refuse it.