New Lidl planned for Sheffield - just a couple of miles from where a new Aldi could be built

A Lidl could open in the north of Sheffield - just a couple of miles from where a new Aldi is also planned.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 4:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 5:21 pm

Councillors will next week decide whether to allow a Lidl at Malin Bridge and an Aldi at Penistone Road.

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

One of the main concerns is that the supermarket, planned for the bottom of Stannington Road, would create traffic chaos on the already congested one-way system at Holme Lane.

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A new Lidl could be built on this site at Stannington Road

Bradfield Parish Council, Loxley Valley Protection Society and Rivelin Valley Conservation Group all have serious concerns about the traffic, congestion, road safety and pollution.

Forge Valley School says its pupils frequently complain about their safety due to the amount of traffic and lack of road crossings.

Nearby Morrisons says many retailers are facing ‘fragile conditions’ and any loss of trade to its anchor store could impact on footfall in the rest of Hillsborough.

And local residents are worried about being disturbed by the supermarket and extra traffic.

But planning officers are advising councillors to approve the plans and say Lidl will redevelop a largely brownfield site that is currently underused.

The site, currently a car dealership, would have new access from Stannington Road, with a dedicated right hand turn for traffic approaching from Holme Lane.

Officers say: “A contribution of £207,300 has been secured to compensate for the loss of the existing poor quality, inaccessible, defunct multi use games area within the site.

“This will go towards the enhancement and provision of a high quality MUGA in Hillsborough park which is beneficial to the local community.

“The development does not give rise to any unacceptable impacts on highways safety. The existing congestion issues are acknowledged but the proposal is not considered to significantly increase congestion.

“There are economic benefits, when the store is operational approximately 40 jobs will be created and there will be additional employment created through the construction phase.”

Councillors will decide at a meeting on Tuesday, January 28.