More time to comment on Rushden Lidl plans

The deadline for people to comment on plans for a second Lidl store in Rushden has been extended

The deadline for people to comment on plans for a second Lidl store in Rushden has been extended

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The deadline for people to comment on plans for a second Lidl store in Rushden has been extended.

Campaigners originally thought they had very little time to make their views known on plans submitted by the supermarket chain to build a new store on the site of the former recycling centre and council depot in Newton Road, Rushden.

They quickly launched a petition, which now has about 1,000 signatures on it, and posters went up around the town with a rallying cry urging people to join the campaign against the new shop.

Spearheading the campaign were staff at the Londis store in Newton Road.

Their concerns include an increase in traffic, safety concerns for those going to the school nearby, noise and competition for smaller independent shops.

But while they have been gathering support for the campaign, they have since been told there is still time for people to comment on the planning application.

The deadline was originally July 9, but anyone wishing to comment on the plans now has until August 13 to make their views known.

The Londis store owner Mohan Momi said: “The deadline has been extended until August 13.

“The general feeling is that people don’t want this.

“The majority of our customers don’t want it.

“The extension will give us more time and we will get a few more signatures.”

Mr Momi has been in touch with Wellingborough and Rushden MP Peter Bone about the proposals and said about 70 letters have been written to the council about the plans for a foodstore with new access, parking and associated landscaping.

A spokesman for Lidl said the application has been registered but they do not have a committee date for it to be considered yet.

If approved, the store would be in addition to the branch in Brindley Close, just off Northampton Road in Rushden.

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.

To see the plans or to find out how to comment on them, go to www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk.