Lidl applies for longer opening hours at its new Rushden store

The new Lidl store being built in Newton Road, Rushden
The new Lidl store being built in Newton Road, Rushden

Store bosses have applied for longer opening hours for a new Lidl branch due to open in Rushden next month.

The new Lidl store in Newton Road in the town is getting ready to open its doors to customers on Thursday, November 12.

The new Lidl store is due to open next month

The new Lidl store is due to open next month

But just weeks ahead of opening, Lidl has applied to East Northamptonshire Council to extend its opening hours by an extra two hours Monday to Saturday.

If approved, it would mean the store was open 7am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, rather than 8am to 9pm as originally proposed, with Sunday trading hours remaining the same from 10am to 4pm.

A report to be considered by councillors next week says there have been five objections to the revised times from neighbours, with concerns including impact on residential amenity, no reason to extend the opening hours in a quiet residential area and concern about further degeneration of Rushden.

Rushden Town Council has objected to the extended opening hours, saying the opening hours should stay as approved.

The report also contains the views of Northamptonshire Police, which state: “The original application hours were seriously considered for such a location and it was decided that no reference would be made regarding anti-social behaviour at that time.

“It is now considered that the additional hours proposed are unsuitable for an area where residential properties are in close proximity both in terms of noise and other anti-social behaviour issues.

“It is considered these proposed hours would have a material adverse impact on the amenity of nearby residents.

“It is therefore strongly recommended that the opening hours remain as first approved.”

Despite these objections, a number of other authorities asked to comment on the proposals say there is no reason to refuse them.

The council’s planning officers have given two possible recommendations for councillors to consider, with approval or refusal being based on whether a suitable legal agreement is submitted by November 26 which secures obligations set out in the signed Section 106 linked to the orginal planning application for the store.

The new store is being built where the town’s former recycling centre and council depot used to be.

It is 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.

A decision will be made on the plans at the planning management committee meeting starting at 7pm on Wednesday, November 4, at the East Northamptonshire Council offices in Cedar Drive, Thrapston.