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Plans for a new Lidl store in Elton shelved
A store which would have been built on the site of an ‘eyesore’ and created around 30 jobs has been left on the shelf.
Bury Council’s planning committee rejected plans for a new Lidl store at the derelict former Elton gasworks in Victoria Street at a meeting last week.
Supporters of the plan sitting in the public gallery held placards reading ‘Yes to Lidl’.
However, in a report, the council said the store would have an “adverse impact upon the vitality and viability of nearby centres”.
Cllr Roy Walker said: “The site has been an eyesore for the past 16 years, and there is no supermarket in Elton ward and none in Bury West at all. When I saw the report said the development to the visual amenity of the area, I thought this was ironic humour.
“It has been welcomed by local people.”
Lidl submitted a petition supporting the application which included 194 signatures.
One letter of objection was received from How Planning, on behalf of Aldi, who are set to open a new store at Crostons Retail Park within the next 12 months, which is around 200 metres away from the proposed Lidl site.
Aldi said its new store would meet the existing gap in retail provision in the west of Bury, and that a new Lidl store would “merely replicate” the retail offering of their new premises.
Cllr Michael Hankey said the proposal was a ‘minnow’ in comparison to larger supermarkets.
He said: “Getting into Bury town centre and back with bags of groceries for those who are infirm or have small children is not easy.
“The people of the area deserve somewhere where they can walk to.”
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