Decision made on controversial plans for new Lidl store in North Lincolnshire
An artist's impression of the proposed Lidl store on Top Field, Barton-upon-Humber.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 19 Dec 2017
Councillors yesterday passed a controversial application for a new Lidl store in North Lincolnshire.
Lidl UK proposed plans to develop the new store on the site known as Top Field, off Ferriby Road in Barton, and said the proposals would create both full-time and part-time roles.
Lidl's application seeks to erect the new supermarket along with a family pub and restaurant with accesses, car parking, servicing and landscaping.
The plans will see the relocation of an existing store in the town.
But the application sparked protest from local residents who submitted a 1,800 strong signature petition against the plans.
Save Top Field protestors pictured outside the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe, prior to the North Lincolnshire Council planning meeting to decided the fate of the field.
The Top Field Action Group, who submitted the petition to North Lincolnshire Council'sdemocratic services, issued the local authority with letters of intention to take the sale of the land to the Administrative Court.
At the planning committee meeting yesterday (Monday, December 18), speakers for and against the application discussed the proposals.
Issues against the application included environmental concerns, the removal of trees, traffic concerns, access concerns, the impact on the town centre and flooding.
Speaking before the meeting, Paul Chapman, chairman of the action group, said: "We have had 3,000 signatures on two separate petitions."
Masterplan for site on Top Field for proposed new Lidl store and family pub and restaurant.
Speaking at the meeting, Richard Clarke, chairman of the Barton Civic Society, expressed concerns including an "adverse affect on the vitality and viability of the town centre".
He also cited issues around the number of trees being felled to make way for the development and the "loss of an open green space".
Jenny Haynes, from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said the issues were around the environment and highways.
She said the relocation of Lidl would "leave a hole in the town centre" and spoke about concerns around traffic and the removal of trees.
Mr Chapman said the application will "adversely affect both the natural and human environment of Barton".
Alan Taylor said there were issues around road safety.
Monty Martin said: "There is room for you to arrive at a different conclusion."
Ken Bell, speaking in support of the application, said development must take place in order to avoid Barton "becoming a stagnant backwater".
Gary Rafferty, one of Lidl's regular property managers, said it has become "necessary" for the chain to relocate from its current site on High Street.
Jonathan Wallace, from Lichfields - the planning consultants for Lidl, said the supermarket's existing site it "too small".
Gordon Hatfield said the new store would "give the consumer more choice and quality".
Andi Birch said lifestyles are "changing" and said "we need companies like Lidl".
"Barton needs big business to inject profit into the town," he said.
Ward councillors for Barton also spoke at the meeting.
Councillor Paul Vickers said: "I completely understand residents' anger with this application.
"I am hoping you will leave Top Field as an open space but work with the applicants on a new location," he said.
Councillor Keith Vickers said: "I must welcome the creation of jobs but I just wonder whether this is the right site."
He requested more details about the access to the site.
Councillor Jon Evison said: "I am not against development in Barton but development can not be at any cost."
He cited concerns around flooding on the site.
The council's planning committee voted seven in favour and two against the application. It was passed with a number of conditions.
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