Plans for a new Lidl supermarket in a green city are now at the center of a row after hundreds of locals declared they didn’t want it.
The discount chain has plans to build a new store next to Bath Rugby’s Lambridge training ground on London Road.
So far over 900 people have raised objections to the new Lidl store in Bath and on the North East Somerset Council planning portal.
Local resident John Eames said: “This is unnecessary as Bath is well stocked with supermarkets for all price ranges.”
“Lidl already has a store in Bath. Their presence on London Road will harm the Larkhall retail community.”
“Valuable wild animals are being displaced by this project. The riverbank is a valuable and glorious resource for wildlife and humans alike.”
Bryony Wade agreed. She wrote: “London Road is really busy and pretty much at a standstill most of the time.
“The more traffic – and from a supermarket there would be a lot – will lead to permanent gridlock.
“The area for the proposed development is a beautiful natural paradise and a necessary green space to counteract road pollution.
“In our current situation, where we are desperately trying to reduce carbon emissions, it makes little sense to destroy green spaces and increase carbon emissions through new buildings.”
Almost 300 people expressed their support for the new system.
Susan Lock said: “Bath needs another discount store and this one.”
The design presented in the current Lidl branch shows awareness of the requirements of environmentally friendly construction.
“This store would also relieve the current store of the large numbers by utilizing the original store and help reduce them.”
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On submitting the planning application in June, Glen Stidever, Lidl UK Property Manager, said: “We are fully aware of the special qualities of the area and have worked hard to develop suitable proposals, benefiting from working with local heritage experts and architecture have benefited to inform them.” this exemplary shop design.
“We believe that with this work we have assembled a very compelling case for new business on this site.”
The planning committee of the municipal council will decide on the application.
Committee Chair Duncan Hounsell said: “This motion is of significant public interest both locally and further afield.”