Revised look for Lidl store in Heacham recommended for planners’ approval
PUBLISHED: 07:20 02 December 2016 | UPDATED: 08:49 09 January 2017
A new Lidl looks set to be built on the outskirts of Heacham, despite continued opposition from the parish council.
A previous application was refused by West Norfolk Council’s planning committee amid concerns over traffic and its impact on the surrounding area of outstanding natural beauty.
But resubmitted plans, with some minor changes, are recommended for approval by officers next week. Developers want to build a store on the former Stainsby garage site along the A149, and demolish the existing buildings.
Heacham Parish Council objects and said in a report prepared ahead of the meeting, that, while it recognised its use for some villagers, it still had “concerns over the traffic implications for the proposed access and egress from the store”.
The council also objects to the external design of the store, which it called “poor”.
However, Lidl said in the same report that access to the site met all relevant standards and added the design was for “the company’s latest generation of foodstore. Its appearance is simple, clean, functional and modern”.
Four letters of objection were received by the borough council, compared to 20 received for the previous application. The reasons were highway safety and congestion and impingement on open land. Two letters of concern were also received, relating to congestion.
Three letters of support, compared to 11 for the previous application, were received, saying it would bring jobs and more choice.
The store will create 40 new jobs, and there will be 129 car parking spaces and eight cycle stands.
The council’s planning committee will discuss the proposals at its offices in King’s Lynn at 9.30am on Monday.
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