Decision on new Lidl store for Rushden deferred

The protest held in opposition to the Lidl plans
The protest held in opposition to the Lidl plans
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Plans for a new supermarket on the site of a former recycling centre have been deferred.

Lidl has applied to build a new store in Newton Road, Rushden, where the town’s former recycling centre and council depot used to be.

Council officers had recommended that the plans were approved despite more than 80 letters of objection and a petition signed by hundreds of people against the application.

However, East Northamptonshire Council’s development control committee agreed to defer the plans at their meeting tonight.

Councillors were asked to put back the decision to allow sufficient time to resolve some outstanding highways matters.

These relate to improvement works for the junction of Newton Road and Rectory Road.

The plan, which is for a store in addition to the Lidl branch already in Brindley Place, Rushden, is now likely to be considered by councillors next month.

If approved, there will be a new Lidl foodstore with new access, 111 car parking spaces and associated landscaping.

It would sell everyday grocery items, selected non-branded household products, some chilled/frozen food, a small range of fresh produce and fresh bread.

But protesters have raised a number of reasons for not allowing it to go ahead.

Their concerns include an increase in traffic, too many supermarkets in Rushden, an increase in anti-social behaviour and loss of free parking for the town centre.