Decision on plans for second Lidl and discount retail parks delayed for site visit

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 13 Dec 2018

Plans for two retail parks which would house a Lidl store and several discount retailers have been delayed by the Planning Committee while a site visit is scheduled.

The site on Dudley Road off Queensway is currently unused and it is hoped that the shops would create 40 jobs.

North Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee were due to vote on the application on Wednesday, which had been recommended for approval, however this was postponed while a site visit was conducted.

Dudley Road Lidl site

Lidl would be the main occupier of one of the retail parks off the Queensway, while a second one would look to attract discount retailers like Home Bargains, B&M and Poundland.

The planning application, which was put in on behalf of St Modwen Properties and Lidl UK, shows that 218 car parking spaces would be created.

The land is currently brownfield land where a Yorkshire Electricity depot stood, although several attempts to develop it into housing have been made since 2009.

The Lidl foodstore would be 23,700 square foot and would boast facilities including in-store bakery, customer toilets and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.

The site has been vacant since the Yorkshire Electricity depot closed (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)

The German food retailer has already opened 60 new stores this year, and has shops on Doncaster Road, Brigg and Barton-upon-Humber. The existing Lidl in the Scunthorpe town centre would continue trading if the new site is eventually approved.

Two letters of objection have been received regarding the plans, which raise concerns over the "significant adverse impact on Scunthorpe town centre." One points out that the vacant TJ Hughes site in the town centre would be suitable for Lidl's requirements and is available for immediate occupation.

The economic benefits of the proposal are claimed to include: "provisions of short-term (construction) and long-term (operation) employment, stimulation of the local economy and the redevelopment of a prominent brownfield site that has remained vacant for a significant length of time."

Plans for the new Lidl and retail park on Dudley Road, Queensway, in Scunthorpe (Image: St Modwen Properties)

The planning application was put in earlier this year.

During a public consultation with local residents, 83 per cent of the people who submitted responses approved the plans. Residents anticipated the plans would "create jobs and provide added value to the town" while helping to regenerate the area, but raised concerns about the potential for increased traffic on nearby Bellingham Road.

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