HUGE SUPERMARKET PLANS: A Lidl bit of good news for Southport
Lidl plans to build a huge new supermarket in Southport “at the earliest opportunity”.
Proposals submitted to Sefton Council this week would see what developers say would be a modern, spacious store built on a patch of undeveloped land west of Marine Drive, and north of Crossens Way.
This area of land is currently an empty, overgrown field, their application states.
Documents say, if permission is granted, the site will be “cleared, altered and levelled, sympathetic to its context and environment.”
The new store would have a 1,256 sqm sales area, with an in-store bakery, customer toilets and 111 car parking spaces including disabled, parent & child spaces and rapid electric vehicle charging points.
Documents on the council’s website say the new Lidl would create the equivalent of between 40-60 full time jobs and “contribute towards the prosperity of Southport “.
As a further part of the development, Saltmarsh Estates wants to create eight employment units on part of the site.
The units would range in size from 114 to 234 sq m (gross) and be served by 38 parking spaces.
This, planning documents say, could create a further 30-60 jobs.
Customers, staff and delivery vehicles would access the site via a new entrance on Crossens Way.
A dedicated pedestrian access will be provided directly from the footway on Marine Drive.
There are bus stops nearby, with the nearest on Purbrook Way, less than 0.5 miles from the site.
Architects working on the design of the site, One Design Ltd, said: “Lidl regards the application site as ideally suited to meet its requirement for a new discount store to better serve the local community.
“Given Lidl’s commitment to continue investing in Southport, the proposed development will, if consented, be constructed at the earliest opportunity and will therefore increase the local communities’ retail offering.”
Members of the public are invited to comment on the plans by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 0800 089 0361.
Leaflets are also being delivered to properties in the area.
Words: Kate Lally, Local Democracy Reporter
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