A DISCOUNT supermarket giant failed in its bid to win planning approval for a new outlet at a former South Tyneside garage site.
Aldi had hoped to create 20 new jobs at a store in Albert Road, Jarrow.
But members of the council’s planning committee rejected the application yesterday – after being told it endangered the livelihood of 40 existing workers employed in vehicle-related businesses on the site.
Planners would have preferred the store to be located in Hebburn town centre, where a major revamp is to be launched this year.
Aldi bosses dismissed that request over claims the premises would be too close to its Pelaw outlet.
Labour’s Alan Kerr, who represents Monkton, said: “It would be much more suitable in Hebburn town centre.”
Coun Mark Walsh, Labour for Horsley Hill, added: “Hebburn town centre offers an excellent opportunity for any supermarket chain.”
Simon Plumb, property director with Aldi, said Albert Road was the “only choice”.
He added: “There is no site in Jarrow or Hebburn centres that are commercially viable.
“This will create 20 secure, long-term jobs and increase customer choice and reduce travel costs.”
Conservative Coun Jeff Milburn, who represents Cleadon and East Boldon, said: “There are 40 people currently employed on the site.
“I have had e-mails from people supporting this development, but in purely economic terms it would lead to 20 people losing their jobs.”