North Sheffield to get new Aldi and new Lidl after plans are approved

The north of Sheffield is set to become home to a new Aldi and a new Lidl, after the plans were given the green light.

Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 4:11 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 5:13 pm

Sheffield Council approved plans for a new Aldi which will be built across from Sheffield Wednesday's stadium and up the road from a new Lidl, which was approved during the same planning meeting on January 28.

Planning permission for the £25 million scheme was granted by the highways and planning committee during a public meeting.

The site, opposite the entrance to the Kop at SWFC, on Penistone Road will be developed for an Aldi plus a Costa Coffee drive-thru and takeaway.

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A new Aldi will be built in Penistone Road, Hillsborough, just a small distance from a new branch of Aldi in Stannington Road, Malin Bridge

It will create up to 250 new jobs and include eight trade units for businesses, including a builders merchants, a vehicle repair garage and parking for 270 cars.

The new store will be in addition to the one on Flora Street, which Aldi says is massively overtrading with customers often struggling to find parking.

Lidl will set up shop at the bottom of Stannington Road in Malin Bridge.

It was decided at a highways and planning meeting where all but one councillor approved the plans.

David Sweeting, of Avison Young real estate, said at the meeting: "A new store in this location would improve access and shopping choice to residents of Stannington, Walkley, Loxley and Malin Bridge who currently need to travel to Hillsborough or further afield for food shopping.

An initial consultation on the Lidl prompted 72 complaints, while a second consultation saw a further 42 objections and 23 in support.

At the meeting, Leonie Wood of the Loxley Valley Protection Society, said: "What concerns most residents is this proposal will add significantly to the traffic congestion at this extremely oversubscribed junction.

"It concentrates traffic from Stannington, Loxley and Hillsborough as well as Walkley and Rivilin."

Green Party councillor Peter Garbutt was the only member of the committee to vote against the plans.

He said: "I'm really concerned about the extra traffic, bringing even worse air quality to the area. I do understand there will be benefits from having a retail outlet there and it bringing 40 new jobs.”