Lidl looks to bounce back from Salford refusal

The supermarket giant has lodged scaled-back plans for a store within Salboy’s £100m Castle Irwell development having lost an appeal over its original proposals in August. 

Lidl’s revised plans propose a smaller store – 20,000 sq ft compared to the earlier 24,500 sq ft iteration – on the corner of Littleton Road and Cromwell Road. 

The company was forced into a rethink after Salford City Council rejected the 2021 iteration of the scheme, claiming the store would “fail to contribute positively towards local identity and distinctiveness”.   

In addition, the city council’s planning officers said the scheme would “weaken the positive and high-quality urban design attributes of the emerging [Castle Irwell] neighbourhood”.  

Lidl appealed but the decision was upheld. The planning inspector said the scheme would “significantly undermine the efforts of the city council and stakeholders with regards to the regeneration of the area”.   

One of the main concerns from both the city council and the planning inspector was the fact that the proposed store would be set back from the road. 

Lidl has sought to address this issue. The revised scheme sees the store moved closer to Littleton Road. 

Whereas the previous proposals would have seen the store accessed via Littleton Road, the refreshed plans show access would now be from Cromwell Road. 

The nearest Lidl store is located at Mocha Parade, approximately 1.2km south-east of the application site. 

To learn more about the application, search for reference number 22/81015/FUL on Salford City Council’s planning portal. 

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