Public consultation shows majority want store – Lidl

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 October 2015

Image of the Lidl store which could be built in Nailsea.

Image of the Lidl store which could be built in Nailsea.

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A planning application to build a Lidl store in Nailsea is expected to be turned down due to concerns over the loss of car parking spaces.

North Somerset Council is considering an amendment to the application for a new store on the car park at Crown Glass Shopping Centre, but the authority confirmed it has concerns about the development.

However, Lidl says the majority of people who responded to its public consultation are in favour of its plan.

A council spokesman said: “We have expressed concerns about the proposals and in particular the adequacy of the proposed parking and the impact the loss of parking in the centre will have.

“We are currently considering additional information at the request of Lidl and the centre owners and a report and recommendation will be prepared in the near future.

“Local North Somerset councillors and town council representatives will again be asked for their views but, to date significant concern has been expressed about the development.”

Earlier this month, Lidl sent letters about its proposal to homeowners asking for feedback on its amendments, which would result in the loss of about 40 car parking spaces instead of 50.

According to the firm, of the 9,781 surveys issued, it received 1,435 responses – 52 per cent of which stated they were in favour of the application and 45 per cent said the were opposed.

The firm is now asking that the proposal is heard at North Somerset Council’s planning and regulatory committee before a decision is made.

In a letter to the authority, Lidl’s head of property James Mitchell said: “There is a clear perception that this application is unpopular with the majority of local residents.

“The exercise we’ve conducted shows the opposite and there are a majority (albeit a small one) in favour of the application. To delegate would deny Lidl and the many residents who have strong opinions the opportunity to present their view to the committee.”


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