Lidl gets go-ahead for Longwell Green store
AROUND 40 new jobs will be created after supermarket heavyweight Lidl was given the go-ahead to open a multi-million pound store in Longwell Green.
The German-founded chain revealed earlier this year that it wanted to open a new store on Aldermoor Way, at the site of the closed former Homebase store, as part of its ongoing expansion ambitions.
Plans have now been passed by South Gloucestershire Council and work is estimated to start within nine months, with a view to opening next autumn.
The multi-million investment will see Lidl create a sustainable store with 1,246m² sales area with plans to create around 40 new jobs.
The site will be shared with superstore Smyths Toys.
Lidl has told Hanham and Longwell Green Voice it will keep its Hanham branch, which is less than a mile away, open.
The supermarket will feature facilities including an instore bakery and customer toilet.
The plans drew seven letters of objection from residents saying there are already too many food retail stores in Longwell Green and that there are concerns about additional traffic and delivery hours.
There were also complaints that trees and shrubs were removed without permission and that illuminated store signs would be an eyesore.
The council says delivery hours will be restricted and Lidl must submit a landscaping scheme to minimise the impact along Bath Road.
Lidl UK’s regional head of property, Glen Stidever, said: “We could not be more delighted to have received planning permission, and look forward to getting started on the fit out. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their continued support, and very much look forward to opening our doors and offering our fresh, quality, great value products in the not too distant future.”
Lidl UK has experienced continued growth over the years with research showing the chain to be the fastest growing supermarket in the UK with a market share of 6 per cent..
The planned store in Longwell Green will add to Lidl’s existing store portfolio of 770, and will form part of the company’s growth plans which will see it open up to 50 new stores a year.