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.