Lidl submits plans for second Rushden store

Lidl in Brindley Close, Rushden, could be joined by a second store in the town
Lidl in Brindley Close, Rushden, could be joined by a second store in the town

Plans have been submitted for a second Lidl store to be built in Rushden.

The Telegraph recently reported that a discount shop could be on its way to the site of the former recycling centre and council depot in Newton Road in the town.

An application from Lidl for a foodstore with new access, parking and associated landscaping on the site has now gone in to East Northamptonshire Council.

It would be in addition to the branch in Brindley Close, just off Northampton Road.

The new store would sell grocery items, household products, some chilled or frozen foods, a small range of fruit and vegetables as well as wrapped fresh bread and part-baked items.

There would be 111 customer parking spaces and the shop would create about 40 jobs in the operational phase, equating to about 27 full-time positions.

But Jacquie White, who lives opposite, has concerns about traffic, parking and noise, as well as light from the store going into her bedroom window at night.

She is also concerned about the effect the shop could have on smaller shops nearby, adding: “If it was a different store we might feel a bit different, but Lidl has got another big store across town.”

Any comments on the plans can be made to the council by July 9.