Lidl planning permission granted in Muller Road

October 30 2015

PLANNING permission has been granted for Lidl to build a supermarket in Muller Road.

PLANNING permission has been granted for Lidl to build a supermarket in Muller Road.

The decision was made at a council committee meeting last month, after being recommended for approval by the case officer.

The application to build the budget food store, in place of the Brunel Ford garage in Muller Road, was put forward by Lidl last October following consultation with local people.

In an online poll on the Lidl Muller Road website, 81% expressed their support for the food store open in Muller Road, with 13% against and 5% undecided. Over 3,500 people were surveyed in total.

Eighteen comments were submitted to the council in support of the supermarket, and 17 were submitted against.

Supporters says that Lockleaze has been crying out for a budget supermarket, while objectors say that there are plenty of other food stores nearby and a Lidl will only increase traffic congestion along Muller Road.

Bishopston councillors Tim Malnick and Daniella Radice say that they are in support of the application, despit not being supportive of larger supermarkets.

Councillor Malnick said: "Daniella and I were ok with the application in the end. We had the view that a) it is not nearly as big as Sainsbury's [proposed for the Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadium] b) further away from Gloucester Road and less likely to impact c) Probably useful to many people on east side of Muller Road and into Lockleaze who do want more options for food shopping nearby.

"Although gainsborough square would have been their preference that didnt appear viable so this is not a bad option overall."

The German discount supermarket says that it will employ 35 full and part-time staff, recruited locally, and build 57 car parking spaces.

It is not yet known when building work is due to start, or when the supermarket is set to open. For more information, visit: www.lidlmullerroad.co.uk.