Plans for staff car parking area at Rushden’s new Lidl store refused

The application by Lidl for a staff car park was refused
The application by Lidl for a staff car park was refused

Plans for an area of staff parking at the new Lidl store being built in Rushden have been turned down.

Construction started several months ago on the new supermarket in Newton Road, but a planning application was recently submitted by Lidl for an area of staff parking with six spaces on an area which had originally identified for landscaping.

If given the go-ahead, access to the proposed car park would have been via Wheatcroft Gardens, a residential cul-de-sac behind the store.

The plans had attracted some opposition ahead of last week’s meeting of East Northamptonshire Council’s planning management committee, including objections from eight households and Rushden Town Council.

The recommendation by planning officers was to approve the plans, but councillors decided to refuse the application.

Members refused it on the grounds that the plans did not take enough account of ‘Secured by Design’ principles and this would lead to an unacceptable risk of anti-social behaviour, crime and fear of crime.

They also felt the proposal would adversely affect residential dwellings in Wheatcroft Gardens by disturbance to residents through the use of the access/car park and on-road parking which would be encouraged by the creation of a staff through route to the supermarket.

The new Lidl store is being built on the site of the former recycling centre and council depot site in Newton Road.