Lidl launches consultation on new Richmond store

Supermarket chain Lidl has launched  a consultation on the redevelopment of the former Co-op in Richmond.

Lidl bought the store in Queen’s Road last year and has now announced its plans to make changes to the site before it reopens.

The public is being asked to comment on two different options for the car park.

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Launching the consultation, the company said: “Lidl are committed to public consultation and we are therefore delighted to be able to provide members of the local community with an overview of the proposed development options.”

Lidl ssaid it planned a number of alterations to the existing building to make it into one of Lidl’s new “concept stores”.

The firm said these stores featured “an attractive, full-height glazed elevation, which is designed to maximise natural light and minimise energy use, in keeping with Lidl’s sustainability objectives”.

The proposal includes the creation of a large glazed opening to the existing entrance.

The extent of the glazing has been reduced following pre-application discussions with Richmondshire District Council.

It added: “The proposed glazing to the northern elevation is designed to flood the sales are with natural light. This is a defining characteristic of Lidl’s New Concept stores.

“The opening of the northern elevation will create visibility into the store from Quakers Lane through the inclusion of an active façade, with the additional benefit of promoting natural surveillance through the site. Stone mullions have been added to the glazing following consultation with local stakeholders.”

The company said that due to sensitivity of this site it was proposing to erect a slightly smaller logo sign than usual above the main entrance to the store.

Lidl said it would re-use the existing estate signs located on both sides of the vehicular and pedestrian entrance to the site and update them with a Lidl logo.

A canopy will be added to the delivery bay comprising a flat roof behind a false pitch with slate finish.

It is proposed that the store will be open between the hours of:

  • 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday (including Bank Holidays); and
  • 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Lidl is seeking the public’s views on two potential options for the refurbishment of the car park:

Car Park Option 1

  • Option 1 is considered to be a customer-friendly scheme that can offer a better shopping experience to meet the needs of our customers. The main features of this option are:
  • Provision of 176 car parking spaces including 7 parent and child spaces and 12 disabled spaces;
  • Reconfiguration of the existing car park to create wider, longer parking bays and wider road widths to promote safe and convenient movement throughout the site;
  • Removal of the existing stone wall within the car park to create a clean, legible and accessible site layout;
  • Replacement of the existing surface with a mixture of tarmac and interlocking block paving to provide a smoother surface, which will make it easier to use trolleys;
  • Inclusion of new tree planting throughout the car park to enhance the visual amenity of the site; and
  • Replacement of the lighting columns in the car park with a more efficient LED design, which will provide more light within the car park whilst also minimising light pollution.

Car Park Option 2

Option 2 has been informed by detailed discussions with Richmondshire District Council and local stakeholders. The main features of this option are:

  • Provision of 204 customer car parking spaces including 7 disabled spaces;
  • The existing block paving within the car park will be retained;
  • The existing stone walls within the car park will be retained; and
  • The existing trolley bays within the car park will be removed, with a single Lidl trolley bay to be installed close to the store entrance (Lidl will utilise one trolley bay only).

 

The company has posted more than 4,000 leaflets to local residents and businesses surrounding the site to inform the local community of the proposal.

The leaflet included a pre-paid response card inviting comments.

Local residents have also been invited to attend a public exhibition on Tuesday, April 25 at Richmond Community Library from 1pm to 6pm.

If you would like to comment by email, please write to lidlrichmond@rapleys.com

Alternatively, if you would prefer to submit your comments in writing, please use the following address:

Lidl Richmond
Rapleys LLP
55 Spring Gardens
Manchester
M2 2BY

To demonstrate your support for either Car Park Option 1 or Option 2, you may also sign a petition.

Support Car Park Option 1 – http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/support-lidl-richmond-development-option-1.html

Support Car Park Option 2 – http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/support-lidl-richmond-development-option-2.html

The company said that all feedback received would be taken into consideration when finalising the design proposal.