Concerns delay decision on Lidl store

March 26 2018
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THE final decision on whether planning permission can be granted for a new Lidl store in Horfield has been pushed back to April.

THE final decision on whether planning permission can be granted for a new Lidl store in Horfield has been pushed back to April.

As previously reported in Bishopston Voice, Lidl launched its plans to build a new supermarket on the site of the old Brunel Ford garage on Muller Road in 2014. 

It was initially granted permission in 2016, but building work did not progress due to constraints with the size of the site. As a result, Lidl decided to submit another application in order to purchase the neighbouring bus depot land, stating that the new site would allow for a bigger store and more space for customer parking.

Commenting on Lidl’s planning application and the reason for the final decision being delayed, Eleanor Combley, Green Party Councillor for Bishopston and Ashley Down said: “The planning system requires councils to make a decision within a certain timeframe. The original date for a final decision on Lidl’s planning application has already passed, so I contacted the planning officer in charge of that application to ask him what was happening.

“He responded that the determination period for this planning application has been extended to April 11 in agreement with the applicant, because at present there are a number of technical issues with the proposed development that need to be overcome for the planning application to be acceptable. The council needs further information to determine the planning application, on technical issues that include (but are not limited to) transport impacts upon Muller Road and urban design.

“Once the applicant has submitted the further information, this will be assessed by officers of the council before determining whether the application could be acceptable.”   

Since the report in our March edition, some local residents have contacted Bishopston Voice to express concerns about there being two budget supermarkets within minutes of each other in the area, as there are also plans for an Aldi nearby on the former B & Q site.  It is felt that traffic along Muller Road would become even more congested, and that there would be issues with air quality too. 

Residents have until April 11 to submit comments for Lidl’s application on Bristol City Council’s planning application website, under reference 17/05939/F. 

To find out more about Lidl’s planning application, visit http://www.horfield.lidl.co.uk/