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Proposed Erith Lidl to be rejected again?

Erith site would be ideal for homes above and around retail space. Instead a 1980s-style retail shed is planned

Bexley Council officers are recommending Lidl’s plans for a new branch in Erith be rejected when it comes before planners this week.

It’s on the agenda this Thursday 23rd January. Previous plans were rejected for loss of employment space and encroaching on trees. A revised plan no longer encroaches on green space and a “Site of Importance for Nature Conservation” but council officers still object due to losing existing big-barn retail units.

Courtesy Google

They’re not objecting to a loss of highly specialised employment space but sheds containing stores such as ScrewFix. That’s not to say Lidl’s plan wasn’t dated. To again build a retail shed with extensive single level parking on a site near good transport links, instead of a mixed-use scheme with housing, doesn’t make much sense given housing shortages and targets in the borough.

Courtesy Google. Odd planning: Parks to be built on near protected retail sheds.

Refusing to build on brownfield sites such as this increases the chances of building on parks – which is proposed nearby in Erith on a park on West Street.

New Lidl store with homes located above in Richmond

Stores such as Screwfix located within the existing retail shed parade have moved towards being part of mixed-use sites elsewhere.

Bexley’s current plan seems to be to keep a run down set of retail sheds rather than push for new homes alongside new shops – whether that contains either existing stores or Lidl. Doing so increases the chances of more green space being lost elsewhere in the borough.

 

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Graham.

    Would the other retailers on this site be relocated in Erith?

    I have to agree if a brand new store is to built on the site by Lidl. It would make sense to build mixed retail/housing development if the area is safe to do so for potential residents.

    I am all for mixed retail/housing developments as these have been proven to be successful in other areas and provide much needed homes.

    I can see many of our High Streets also becoming mixed retail/housing with premises above shops being refurbished and converted in to homes. Providing the businesses with a ready made customer base.

    I am sure Lidl being a large retailer with a growing share of the retail market will appeal any decisions made if planning denied.

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