Secretary of State called on to intervene in controversial planning application

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 22 Dec 2017

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has been asked to intervene over controversial plans for a new Lidl store in North Lincolnshire.

Lidl UK proposed plans to develop the new store on the site known as Top Field, off Ferriby Road in Barton, and said the proposals would create both full-time and part-time roles.

The application was granted permission with a number of conditions earlier this week by North Lincolnshire Council planners.

Lidl's application seeks to erect the new supermarket along with a family pub and restaurant with accesses, car parking, servicing and landscaping.

The plans will see the relocation of an existing store in the town.

But the application sparked protest from local residents who submitted a 1,800 strong signature petition against the plans.

Save Top Field protestors pictured outside the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe, prior to the North Lincolnshire Council planning meeting to decided the fate of the field.

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The Top Field Action Group, who submitted the petition to North Lincolnshire Council's democratic services, issued the local authority with letters of intention to take the sale of the land to the Administrative Court.

At the planning committee meeting on Monday (December 18), speakers for and against the application discussed the proposals.

Masterplan for site on Top Field for proposed new Lidl store and family pub and restaurant.

Issues against the application included environmental concerns, the removal of trees, traffic concerns, access concerns, the impact on the town centre and flooding.

The council's planning committee voted seven in favour and two against.

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid (Image: PA Wire/PA Images)

Now the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, has been asked to call in the application and has said he will consider it.

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