Unanimous ‘no’ to Lidl
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:51 10 February 2015
COUNCILLORS have voted against a controversial planning application for a new Lidl store on some of the town’s prime car parking spaces.
Scores of people clapped the councillors as they unanimously voted to object to plans to build a supermarket on Crown Glass car park.
Nailsea Town Council called the special meeting on January 28 to find out residents’ views on the application, before voting on whether to support or reject it.
A wide number of concerns were raised about the proposal including the loss of nearly 50 car parking spaces and disabled bays and the visual impact of the ‘tin cow shed’ on the street scene.
People were also greatly concerned about the impact it would have on Tower House Medical Centre as the reduction in disabled bays will make it more difficult for ill and disabled people to access the surgery and clinics.
Councillor Rod Lees said: “I do think we need a Lidl or Aldi but not in this location. The visual impact will also be absolutely dreadful.”
Cllr David Packham added: “This council has discussed the need to encourage shops into the town centre and I still think we are in that position.
“I think Lidl coming in would be a great thing for the town, however this application falls short. They haven’t spoken to Tower House Medical Centre, which is extraordinary and also the loss of car parking spaces seems very short-sighted.
“The shop would not fit into the street scene we have in that area and I also think if they want to bring more people into the town there are no spaces for these additional cars.”
Cllr Anita Heappey said the young families she had spoken to were keen to see a Lidl in Nailsea and other members stressed the town could soon miss out to Portishead and Clevedon which both have the discount stores.
Councillors stressed they are not opposed to Lidl coming to Nailsea, but agreed the car park was the wrong place for it.
The council has objected to the application on 15 grounds including the loss of 47 parking spaces, a reduction in disabled bays, potential parking problems in neighbouring roads, the loss of trees and the impact it will have on the activities of nearby Christ Church which does not have its own car park.
Members have also objected to the design of the building, the potential dangers of lorries using the car park, and the lack of consultation with Tower House Medical Centre.
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