Lidl UK has confirmed that it had submitted a revised planning application for a new store on Ridge Road in Kempston as a result of feedback from the public consultation day, held in June.
The supermarket first revealed in May 2016 that it wanted to open a new store on the site located opposite Kempston Rural Lower School, and the plans form part of the wider West Kempston sustainable urban extension.
Following the submission of a planning application to Bedford Borough Council, Lidl held a public consultation event in June to outline the proposals to the local community.
The event was attended by over 400 members of the public and the LPA received a further 101 representations from people who were unable to attend the event in response to the application.
The response to Lidl coming to Kempston was positive, however having reviewed all feedback Lidl decided to modify the plans in response to concerns over the vehicular access.
Although the original plans to have vehicles access the site from Martell Drive were approved through an independent Road Safety Audit, Lidl understood residents’ concerns on the proximity to the school.
In response, Lidl last week submitted amended scheme proposals showing vehicular access to the site now coming directly from Ridge Road.
In addition to this, Lidl reconfirmed that appropriate parking will be available within the store for school drop-off and pick-up in order to further reduce traffic in the vicinity of the school.
Lidl’ UK’s regional head of property, Jeremy Lee, said: “We were pleased that the local community largely supported the idea of Lidl moving to Ridge Road and naturally wanted to respond to their concerns about traffic.
“I am confident that these new plans will alleviate any concerns and we look forward to receiving the decision from the planning committee in due course.
“We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support and feedback.”
The new store on Ridge Road is to replace Lidl’s existing store on Martell Drive which has become outdated. If granted, this would mark a multi-million pound investment in the local area, and the creation of up to 40 new jobs when the store opens.