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Lidl's new plan for Woolwell

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: December 08, 2008


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SUPERMARKET giant Lidl has improved its designs for a store in Woolwell in the hope of getting approval from city planners who turned them down in January this year.

Plymouth City Council planning committee rejected the company's last proposal to build a new store next to Tesco in the north of the city – but urged Lidl to try again.

The company has given the building a more modern appearance and moved it closer to Woolwell Crescent, councillors on the planning committee will hear on Thursday this week.

A footpath has been provided across the site from Towerfield Drive to Woolwell Crescent and the district centre.

The council's planning officers are recommending conditional approval for the scheme, although they say there are still shortcomings.

They are not happy that the store will be a single storey, and say a two-storey building would be better.

Lidl has answered the concerns of some councillors on the committee, who said at their meeting in January this year that there was insufficient information on bat species in the area.

The company carried out another bat survey in May but did not find any greater or lesser horseshoe bats. Common pipistrelle and brown long eared bats do use the site.

The site to the north of the city is on a larger piece of land earmarked for development, which sits on the border between Plymouth City Council and South Hams District Council.

The proposal is to build a food shop of 1,628 sq m, with a sales area of 1,286 sq m with a warehouse, staff room, office, entrance lobby and trolley store and cycle parking under a canopy.

The site is close to the 7,246sq m Tesco Extra store and the Child Support Agency offices at Clearbrook House.

The German-owned company has said it would employ about 30 people.

At the January meeting planning officers had recommended refusing the application, which the applicant accepted, but some councillors were keen to give permission anyway.

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    roger smith, woolwell  |  December 10 2009, 5:17PM

    bring on the lidl its cheap and we need something new in woolwell!!

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    katrina, Woolwell  |  December 09 2008, 4:34PM

    I like the way all the people against a lidl in woolwell don't even live here! Bring on Lidl xx

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    'avin a larf., Looseleigh  |  December 08 2008, 11:10PM

    Debbie, 'something more in keeping' ?? how about a factory maybe, or offices? hang on, how about a permanent travellers park? I say bring on lidl, its well paid vacancies and its (cheap) quality food!

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    Octopussy, Woolwell  |  December 08 2008, 8:05PM

    Tinned Octopus? Can Tesco beat that?

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    Banzai! Baz!, plymouth  |  December 08 2008, 6:12PM

    Every Lidl helps.......

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    No I'm Spartacus, plymouth  |  December 08 2008, 4:19PM

    I shop at both - horses 4 courses - where else might u find electrical products with a 3 yr guarantee or tinned octopus. As for height of building - was Tesco not single storey until enlarged recently - as for small flying mammals - anyone checked for lesser spotted newts recently - perhaps paint the new building a bright colour so the bats can't miss it - are they blind or something ! ! !

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    Mark, Plymouth  |  December 08 2008, 3:43PM

    Not everyone has a lot of disposable income Debbie. Ever tried using the shop? You might be surprised at what they sell. You seem to forget that unemployment is rising and that people are tightening their belts. Some of your big name shopes are charging over the odds for your basic necessities. Bring your noses down out off the air and try living as the common man does, try feeding your family on unemployment benefit. Luckily for me, I work and have a good income. But loads of people don't. Snobbery will be someones downfall. I hope if things ever do get bad you remember your comments! I wonder how much the multi national competitor has paid to keep them off this site!

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    Prue, Devon  |  December 08 2008, 2:22PM

    Lidl might benefit from being in a more deprived area but surely not Woolwell. Who on earth is going to shop there? I would have thought a Waitrose would be more in keeping.

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    A_TESCO_EMPLOYEE, Plymouth  |  December 08 2008, 1:31PM

    where would you choose to shop??? Hope my Job remains safe

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    Leanne, Prince Rock  |  December 08 2008, 1:02PM

    i agree with you Debbie, they could atleast think of a more 'up-market' store