PLANS to extend delivery hours for Waitrose in Altrincham have been approved, despite residents’ complaints.

Trafford Council approved two applications that the supermarket had lodged with them – one to temporarily extend the hours in which deliveries can be made to their store in order to support its home delivery services in the area and another to build a warehouse extension on site.

The applications caused upset within the local community with residents concerned about noise levels and huge articulated lorries travelling down the road outside their homes. 

A decision on the two separate applications for the 10 Draybank Road store was made this week by the council’s planning committee – and both were approved in full.

The temporary change to the delivery hours, which will last for 12 months, will allow deliveries to be made to the store at any time between 7am and 10pm – an extension from 8pm.

The warehouse extension will be in the existing private service yard area.

The supermarket’s bosses said they wanted to increase delivery time slots to support an expanded home delivery service.

In a letter to the council, Waitrose representatives FirstPlan said: “Waitrose do not propose to increase the number of HGV deliveries to the store, which will remain at two or three per day, but are instead seeking to spread the deliveries out over a longer period.

“The application is primarily intended to allow Waitrose to expand their existing home delivery service from the store."