Controversial Lidl store plan for Rushden approved

Londis owner Mohan Momi and his family are protesting about plans to build a Lidl store on the site of the former recycling centre in Rushden
Londis owner Mohan Momi and his family are protesting about plans to build a Lidl store on the site of the former recycling centre in Rushden
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Plans for a new supermarket on the site of a former recycling centre have been approved despite strong opposition from residents.

Lidl secured planning permission to build a new store in Newton Road, Rushden, where the town’s former recycling centre and council depot used to be, at a meeting of East Northants Council’s development control committee tonight (Wednesday).

The new store will be in addition to the Lidl branch already in Brindley Place, Rushden, and will be a foodstore with new access, 111 car parking spaces and associated landscaping.

But the committee’s decision to go with the planning officer’s recommendation for approval led to anger from those who have fought the plans since they were first submitted.

Several members of the public were asked to keep their views to themselves during the meeting.

The decision led to disapproval from protesters and the meeting was adjourned temporarily with committee members retiring while those who had packed the public gallery to hear the result were cleared from the room.

Several people wanted further discussion on the decision but council officers intervened and had to ask them to leave the council chamber so the meeting could continue.

The application had attracted more than 80 letters of objection and a petition with 30 pages of signatures against it.

Their concerns included an increase in traffic, too many supermarkets in Rushden and loss of free parking for the town centre.

But despite their objections, the plans were passed unanimously.