The Proposed Development

The Proposed Development

  • Demolition of existing Cooperative food store and construction of a new Lidl food store
  • Provision of a brand new discount food store (1,424m² sales area, 1,023m² of ancillary space) with 134 free parking bays of which 8 will be disabled spaces and 4 parent and child spaces
  • Contemporary two storey building with a mixture of materials in-keeping with the local area
  • Soft and hard landscaping treatment to be applied to all external areas
  • A limited range of products (1,800 lines) necessitating continued use of existing local retailers.
  • Provision of up to 40 new jobs for local residents

Proposed Lidl store

The proposed building is designed to respond to the site’s characteristics in terms of its configuration, surrounding built environment and relationship to the variety of uses within the vicinity.  A quality palette of materials will be used throughout the development.


The redevelopment of the site will provide the following benefits to the local area:

  • Demolition of existing Cooperative food store and construction of a new Lidl food store
  • Improved local shopping amenity
  • Increased consumer choice
  • Enhanced social inclusion
  • New employment opportunities
  • Building efficiency reducing the carbon footprint of the development
  • High quality design and building fabrics

Design and Layout

The proposed development comprises a new Lidl food store with associated car parking. All external areas will be resurfaced with a mixture of soft and hard landscaping. The store will have a GIA of 2,429 m² with 1,424 m² allocated to sales area and 1,023 m² to ancillary spaces.

Both vehicular and customer access are just off Hertford Road with the car park occupying the north and west of the site. Delivery vehicles will utilise the same access point, driving into the site in forward gear and reversing into the loading bay which is located on the west elevation of the building. All store waste will be collected at the same time as deliveries, thereby minimising daily HGV movements in and out of the site.

The car park will provide 134 car parking spaces including 8 disabled spaces and 4 parent and child spaces in close proximity to the store entrance. 38 bicycle spaces will be provided opposite the store entrance. The customer entrance to the store will face Hertford Road and facilitate easy access for those walking within the town centre, customer car park or travelling by bus to the store.

Links to the two proposals on the council website can be found by clicking on the links below: