New larger Bognor Regis Lidl supermarket approved
A new larger Lidl store for Bognor Regis has been given the thumbs up.
The supermarket will be built at Oldlands Farm in North Bersted next to the new Rolls-Royce facility south of the relief road and east of the A29.
Lidl would relocate from its current home across the road at the Peel Centre in Rowan Way.
Arun District Council planning officers have given the thumbs up to an application for the new store.
According to the developer there is ‘clear support for the relocation and retention of the Lidl store at Oldlands Farm, with the provision of a purpose-built retail unit’.
The new supermarket with have 1,4010 square metres of sales area and include 149 parking spaces.
It would employ up to 40 full time equivalent staff, including existing employees.
Solar panels would be installed on the store’s roof.
Bersted Parish Council has not objected, but has called for a path for cyclists and pedestrians to reach the site and a suitable link is set to be secured by Arun through a planning condition.
The store would be located on the south-west edge of the site with parking to the north west.
A separate delivery vehicle access is proposed further along the existing estate road.
Officers felt effort had been made to ensure the store respects its surrounding land uses and road network ‘whilst providing a contemporary design which attracts custom’.
Their report said: “The proposed development of the site would comprise capital investment into a strategic site which is an employment allocation in the Local Plan and a fundamental part of the Enterprise Bognor Regis (EBR) initiative. The development would generate £1.9m per annum in wages for local people.”
Officers concluded: “On balance, retail development is considered to be necessary and acceptable on the site as the proposal has met the sequential test and the retail impact has been found to be acceptable on Bognor Regis town centre.”
Lidl will not be the only discount retailer to build a new store on the outskirts of Bognor Regis, as Aldi is planning to build a new supermarket on the Salt Box site nearby.
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