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northernirelandworld.com 13 Jan, 2022 19:30 am

New Lidl store in Craigavon gets green light from planners

New Lidl store in Craigavon gets green light from planners
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s planning committee has backed plans for Lidl to demolish its current premises in Craigavon and replace it with a £3.5 million ‘concept store’.

The committee’s Chair, Councillor Peter Lavery asked what the level of cycling parking provision will be at the location and if the proposals would include the creation of safe pedestrian access to the site.He was advised three separate cycle stands, that can accommodate three bikes each will be located at the front of the store and told the existing pedestrian access to the site will be maintained in a like for like replacement of pedestrian and cycle ways.Moving the item to the debate stage, the committee chair described the application as “good” and noted the EV charging points, cycle stand provision and pedestrian access to the site.During a discussion of the application, a planning officer said there is qualitative need for the store as it exists and meets the needs of customer base that have been coming to this location for over a decade but a fresh store is required to meet demand and expectations.

The planning officer advised there was no requirement for such provision from Council and explained Lidl will be responsible for the maintenance of these bays in perpetuity.Lodged by agent MBA planning on behalf of Lidl Northern Ireland, the proposal seeks to renew the permission granted to a previous application allowing for the demolishing of an existing discount supermarket, construct a replacement discount supermarket with car parking, landscaping and associated site works at Lidl’s site at 10 Balteagh Road.

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