Now it's Lidl!

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH'S largest employer has teamed up with national discount supermarket Lidl and drawn up multi-million pound plans to share a site at Dinan Way. Plans have been submitted to demolish the existing Eurotech unit to make way for a new supermarket wi

EXMOUTH'S largest employer has teamed up with national discount supermarket Lidl - and drawn up multi-million pound plans to share a site at Dinan Way.Plans have been submitted to demolish the existing Eurotech unit to make way for a new supermarket - with a 1,272 sq m sales area and 92 parking spaces - and a replacement 4,314 sq m factory. The new factory will have an extra 30 per cent of floorspace with around 55 parking spaces, service area and storage.Eurotech, which employs 140 staff, and Lidl have been in talks for the past four years to develop the existing Eurotech site to make way for a new budget food store.Now the two companies have proposed a site share scheme - where the industrial and retail businesses could operate independently from the same location. Eurotech managing director Kelvin Leigh believes the development would safeguard the future of the factory.He said: "If this development fails, I would see manufacturing completely disappear within two or three years, leaving a warehouse-distribution business and dividing and sub-letting one of the units."As the largest remaining employer in Exmouth, I think it is vitally important to preserve the type of employment that we provide."A Lidl spokesman said: "Originally, plans revolved around Lidl acquiring the entire site with Eurotech relocating to an alternative site. It became apparent that this line of thinking would not be conducive to Eurotech's successful operations and would probably lead to relocation to another town. "Such a move would be disastrous for Exmouth due to the loss of local employment." The two businesses propose to unlock 'unusable' land on the current Eurotech three-acre site and construct a new, purpose-built circuit building factory and a Lidl store.Plans have been drawn up to build on the L-shaped acre of undeveloped land, situated to the front and side of Eurotech.If the proposal gets the go-ahead, Eurotech's new factory will take over the existing car park at the rear of the site, and the Lidl store will be developed on the current Eurotech factory site, facing Salterton Road.Both businesses would share vehicle access off Dinan Way, but would be fully self-contained with separate parking. If consent is granted, the existing building will remain intact throughout the building process, so Eurotech's business will not be affected.Once the new factory was completed, the old building would be demolished for work on the Lidl supermarket to begin. l Have your say on this story at www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

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