Lidl wins support

PUBLISHED: 10:20 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 14:43 09 April 2010

SUPPORT for a new Lidl store and an adjoining factory in Exmouth is snowballing district planning officers have endorsed the plans. Lidl is committed to employing up to 40 people from Exmouth if a new 1,272 square metre budget food store opens in Dinan

SUPPORT for a new Lidl store and an adjoining factory in Exmouth is snowballing - district planning officers have endorsed the plans. Lidl is committed to employing up to 40 people from Exmouth if a new 1,272 square metre budget food store opens in Dinan Way. The store would share a site with a new enlarged 4,313 sq m Eurotech factory. The factory would have 55 parking spaces, with another 92 spaces for shoppers. In the past few weeks, the town council, the town manager and many residents have backed the development - and now district planning officers have added their recommendation. Despite district planners recently refusing plans to expand nearby Tesco by a third because it would use up valuable employment land, officers are eager for the Lidl/Eurotech development to go ahead. In council documents, a planning officer wrote: "It has been established the development would broaden the retail provision in the Exmouth area and meet an identified qualitative need. "There are currently no more preferable sites available. Based on this assessment... the development is not considered contrary to policy. "There is potential for benefits (in terms of employment opportunities)... enabling existing businesses to expand and provide additional jobs." Oliver McGuiness, of Lidl, said: "We are very pleased. It is a step closer towards safeguarding 140 existing Eurotech jobs and securing more jobs in the future." However, there are still some worries. Phillip Rainbird, of Shakespeare Way, told the Journal: "I have concerns for increased traffic on what are already two very busy roads and a junction. "Access to the Lidl store from Dinan Way, coming up the hill, will entail a right turn across the flow of traffic coming from Salterton Road. Perhaps consideration should be given to imposing a left turn only on leaving the store, thus eliminating the need to cross the flow of traffic." The plans will be determined by district councillors in the New Year.


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