Lidl defends store plan saying 'many people want us here'

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Lidl has defended its latest planning application for a store in Chellaston, insisting “many” residents do want it.

The supermarket chain was refused permission last year for a store in Swarkestone Road after more than 2,000 people signed a petition against it.

Bosses wanted to demolish the Rose and Crown pub and a neighbouring church. But the plans were thrown out over concerns surrounding the size and design of the store, as well as the layout of the proposed car park.

Campaigners also argued the store would add to congestion problems and endanger pupils walking to and from Chellaston Academy.

The new plan for a Lidl store in Chellaston

The new plan for a Lidl store in Chellaston

Lidl maintains the application was “fully compliant” with planning policy and has lodged an appeal.

However, it has also submitted a new planning application for a smaller store, comprising one storey instead of two. The new scheme will be considered if the appeal fails.

A spokesman for Lidl said: “Against their planning officer’s recommendation to approve the plans, Derby City Council’s planning committee refused the initial application on grounds surrounding the size and design of the store as well as the layout of the car park.

“Lidl has now submitted a new application which has made a number of amendments to address comments made by the committee on the previous application.

“The revised application will provide a widened footpath along Swarkestone Road and two new pedestrian link access points to the northern and southern sections of the site. The access points will link to a dedicated pedestrian walkway linking pedestrian access off Swarkestone Road through the site to the store entrance. This amendment has been added to further improve pedestrian safety.

“The store itself has been moved further back from the road and the building has also been reduced in scale.

Chellaston residents want to stop Lidl building a store on the site of the existing Rose And Crown pub

Chellaston residents want to stop Lidl building a store on the site of the existing Rose and Crown pub

“The design of the building now includes timber cladding on the main elevations. The supermarket will boast state of the art facilities including an in-store bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing, customer toilets and baby changing facilities.”

The latest application has sparked a backlash on the ‘Spotted Chellaston’ Facebook page, with a number of residents submitting fresh objections to Derby City Council’s planning department.

But Lidl UK’s regional head of property, Jo Hawley, said the company had the support of plenty of other residents.

She said: “We are aware that many Chellaston residents would like Lidl to come to the area. The granting of permission for this store will only improve the retail offering in the town, as well as creating up to 40 new full and part time jobs for local people.”

She added: “Lidl’s proposals for a new store in Chellaston are fully compliant with planning policy. The site is within Chellaston town centre and will enhance the retail offering in the town centre making a positive contribution to other shops and services in the town centre.

“It will also bring shoppers to the centre of Chellaston and provide significantly improved car parking for the town.”

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