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Supermarket Lidl revives interest in Stroud

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Written by: Gloucestershire Echo & Gloucester Citizen | Posted 09 August 2017 14:30

Supermarket Lidl revives interest in Stroud

Supermarket giant Lidl appears to be moving closer towards opening a new supermarket in Stroud after years of inactivity.

After two years of silence on opening a new store at Dudbridge, details of its agent’s request for whether an environmental impact assessment (EIA) at the site is needed was posted on the planning authority’s website.

Outline planning permission was awarded for the site in April 2015.

But nothing has happened since Lidl sent Stroud District Council a letter of intent to build on the Stroud Metal Company site back then.

Now though, a “request for a Screening Opinion to determine whether there is a requirement for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to accompany a planning application for a development” has been published, alongside the permission granted for the site, back in 2015.

In April 2015 councillors on the development control committee went against their officers’ recommendation to turn Lidl down. The officers had recommended a proposed Asda at nearby Daniels Estate should get the go-ahead.

But councillors disagreed and turned Asda down, along with an application for an unnamed supermarket at Ryeford.

A Stroud District Council spokesman confirmed it is the site which Lidl has expressed an interest in, and that site is only around half a mile away from where Aldi wants to build a store at Bath Road Trading Estate.

Tesco has weighed in against Aldi’s bid by saying the budget store could hit town centre jobs and affect people’s future chances of getting work.

Aldi has a planning application lodged with the council, which is due to be decided in September after delays.

District councillors turned down an earlier application despite planning officers recommending it should go ahead.

Aldi has lodged an appeal asking the Government to overturn that decision.

Tesco’s agent has written to the district council to raise concerns about the loss of employment land and the impact on other shops in Stroud town centre and nearby Nailsworth and Stonehouse.

The site is classed as employment land according to the 2015 Stroud Local Plan.

A Lidl spokesman said: “We are continuing to review various options to bring a new store to Stroud. We look forward to confirming further details as soon as we are in a position to do so.”

Stroud Metal Company boss Matthew Large was unable to comment.

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