Shoppers who have been flocking to Aldi in Broughton since it opened in December will be relieved to hear it is due to get planning permission next week!

The controversial store in Broughton has been recommended for approval by planners even though it opened two months ago - creating 50 jobs.

The opening ceremony was carried out by Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle from Bunbury in Cheshire.

The confusion over its planning status follows a planning row over the site.

Olympic Gymnast Beth Tweddle officially opens the new Aldi Store at Broughton Retail Shopping Centre

Aldi's bid to build the store near Broughton Shopping Park was given the green light by planners on Flintshire council back in December 2014 despite the land being designated for residential use.

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But in July last year it was revealed that planning officers were investigating ‘alleged non-compliance’ with the original plan.

Although Aldi maintained they had not breached the original permission they submitted a new application.

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Now planning officers are recommending the planning committee approve the new application subject to conditions.

Shoppers queued in the pouring rain to get into the new Aldi store in Broughton in December
Shoppers queued in the pouring rain to get into the new Aldi store in Broughton in December

These include the payment of £210,000 towards the provision of, or to facilitate access to, affordable housing in the community and payment of £15,000 towards a community art project or projects for the public realm.

The scheme will go before the planning committee next Wednesday.