Lidl in Charlton to take over River Island site
Lidl have submitted detailed plans to Greenwich Council to open a store in the town after leaving around decade ago.
It was covered here a couple of days ago. These detailed plans reveal more information including proposals to not only move into the former H&M but also the current River Island store next door.
The transport statement gives the impression of good walking links. In reality, parts of the area could be far better:
A parking survey taken last November showed the car park never more than 77% full though it is notorious for long waits to exit.
There is no proposal to alter the car park entry and exit.
The travel statement predicts 220 extra two-way journeys on Saturdays. However they claim that will be dispersed across other car parks as visitors visit shops in other areas such as Aldi or M&S. The transport statement also predicts:
- 30% of trips to the retail park will be pass-by i.e. already travelling on Bugsby’s Way
- 60% of trips will divert from other local foodstores
- 10% of trips will be new to the local network.
The last post looked at the impact on Asda and whether the store has much of a future – particularly if plans to merge with Sainsburys are approved.