Will it be third time lucky for discount supermarket's expansion plans?


A discount retailer's controversial planning application to demolish a former gym and their existing store so they can replace it with a new larger store, is scheduled to be determined next week.

Lidl's application to build a new foodstore at Summerfields, adjacent to their existing store, was deferred for the second time by the Northern Planning Committee on February 14th for 'further discussions to take place with the applicant regarding a reduction in the size of the building alongside appropriate conditions regarding the sales floor space and to discuss how the parking standards could be met'.

Therefore, the Northern Planning Committee will consider the application for the third time at their meeting on Wednesday, 9th May, starting at 10am in Macclesfield Town Hall.

Further to the meeting of the Northern Planning Committee on February 14th, Lidl has submitted revised plans reducing the floor area of the store from 2480sqm to 2292sqm gross and 1655sqm to 1577sqm net, and increasing the number of parking spaces from 136 to 155.

Wilmslow Town Council has recommended refusal of the revised plans on the grounds that the development is not in the town centre but in a local neighbourhood shopping environment therefore detracting from the town centre and being out-of-keeping with the shopping area in terms of its size.

Additionally they stated that "the proposal is contrary to policies in the emerging Neighbourhood Plan that directs developments of this scale and geographical draw to the Town Centre. Whilst improved, the proposed car-parking provision remains inadequate."

Since the deferral of the application, 13 letters of representation have been submitted objecting to the proposal. The issues raised include: loss of gym; increased traffic; residents have access to large number of supermarkets already; building not suitable in residential area; loss of trees; increased noise; it is a town centre sized development and will change the nature of the area.

Two letters of support were also received noting that the Energie site is unused and has had unwelcome visitors; it will be an asset to the area and the old store is tired and unfit for purpose.

The Planning Officer is recommending the application for approval stating "The applicant has reduced the size of the store, which has also facilitated the provision of additional parking spaces. Whilst this provision is marginally below the standard recommended within Appendix C of the CELPS, having regard to the existing situation on site and the 149 spaces available on the adjacent public car park, adequate car parking is available for the staff and customers of the proposed development.

"The proposed store is smaller than the existing gym building, which is a main town centre use as defined in the Framework. The proposed store is therefore substantially smaller than the two main town centre uses on the site (the existing store and the former gym) and results in a reduction in floorspace of 1811sqm overall. The site is within an identified shopping area, and there is no requirement for a sequential test to be undertaken or a retail impact assessment to be carried out. However, the applicant has undertaken both these exercises which demonstrate that there are no sequentially preferable sites and there is no significant adverse impact upon Handforth or Wilmslow town Centres."

The Secretary of State has received a request to intervene on this application, therefore if approved the application will be referred to the Secretary of State and subject to the necessary clearance.

Lidl, Northern Planning Committee, Planning Applications


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Mark Toombs
Monday 30th April 2018 at 6:50 pm
Good news, we having Tesco and Now super size Sainsbury’s/ Asda the competition will good for all the customers
Pamela Savage
Tuesday 1st May 2018 at 11:51 am
Although I was a past member of Energie Gym for many years, there are enough alternatives in the area. I have also been a Lidl customer since the day the store opened, not certain how long that is but must be 15 years. Since then Lidl customers must of doubled if not trebled so in my mind the existing store is not fit for purpose and definitely needs too expand.
As they have now complied with adjusting the original plans they should be granted the go ahead, I wonder if this was one of the other Major Supermarkets would there of been so many objections.
Otherwise is the Energie site going to remain an eyesore, attracting undesirables?
I for one can`t wait for a new Bigger, brighter Lidl
Deleted Account
Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 1:08 am
Hello Pamela Savage,

If planning permision is granted, how many feet from your bedroom window will the lorry delivery bay and the night time workers be ?


Martin Kitchin
Summerfields Resident Association
Mark Russell
Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 7:35 am

Sainsburys in Wilmslow has restrictions on times of deliveries. Perhaps you should focus your efforts on ensuring something like that comes in, instead of just blanket nay saying.
Fiona Doorbar
Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 11:28 am
I do occasionally use these shops but must say that they are all looking very tired and dated. A facelift might be what they need before folk vote with their feet and go elsewhere for a better experience. Having lived next door to empty commercial property some years ago I can tell you that empty units will attract trouble. Sometimes it's best to be careful what you wish for IMO.
Chris Wigley
Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 4:17 pm
I fully support the creation of a new Lidl, the current store is too crowded for the number of customers and the increased product range. I have found it interesting over the last few months when I have been in Royton to use the newly opened store there. Whether you shop at Lidl or Aldi all british shopper have a lot to thank these retailers for in that they challenged the stranglehold of Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and Morrison and made them reduce their prices. In a customer satisfaction survey I read in the last week Aldi topped the list followed by M&S and Lidl in third place.