Norwich hairdresser hoping that scheme gets green light

Wendy Eggett at the temporary salon for her business Hair Affair, at the site for the planned Aldi s

Wendy Eggett at the temporary salon for her business Hair Affair, at the site for the planned Aldi supermarket. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

A Norwich hairdresser is hoping that plans lodged by Aldi to build a new store on a site in Sprowston Road are approved, so she can finally move out of her temporary home.

When Wendy Eggett, who owns Hair Affair in Sprowston Road, moved into her current home, she was told that it would be for just six months – but it's been seven years and counting.

But with Aldi lodging plans for a new multi-million pound food store and residential development on the Sprowston Road site, she hopes that the long-delayed move could soon happen.

She has now submitted plans to demolish her first hair salon in a former garage on the site, which is currently empty, and build a new enlarged hair salon there. And if Aldi's plans are approved, the supermarket giant will knock down her current home and build her a new one on the site.

She said: 'Aldi bought the land in Sprowston Road about seven years ago. They wanted to buy my old hairdresser's shop, which I had run for about seven years, but I did not want to sell, so they came up with a plan to build me a temporary home, which I'm still in, knock down my old shop to make way for the new supermarket, and then build me a new shop.

'Aldi built me this temporary home, which was supposed to be for just six months, but plans for the new Aldi store never went ahead, so they never built me a new shop, and I've been based here all this time – seven years.'

But with Aldi submitting new plans, set to be discussed by Norwich City Council, she's hoping she might yet get a new home. She said: 'It would be lovely to get a new place, my staff and I have waited long enough.'

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As reported, the new Aldi store would create about 30 new jobs, and the German supermarket giant, which already has stores in Plumstead Road and Larkman Lane, hopes to open later this year.

The proposals include a 72-space shopper car park which will be made available to shoppers visiting other stores in the area. The mixed use development would also incorporate nine flats and associated access.