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#76 The Joker

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Posted 27 May 2016 - 01:31 PM

Game ,Set and Match....Lidl.



Good news. I noticed this morning that some graffiti artists had recently paid the site a visit and left their mark.

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Posted 02 June 2016 - 01:01 PM

New Lidl to open in Croydon creating 40 jobs

By SamanthaBooth  |  Posted: June 02, 2016


NOT TO EVERYONE'S TASTE: How the new Lidl will look

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Controversial plans to build a new discount supermarket in Upper Norwood have been approved by the Planning Inspectorate.

Croydon Council's planning committee refused planning application for the Lidl twice over fears of the impact it would have on the local conservation area.

However, an appeal to the planning authority has been successful and as well as the supermarket the firm will be allowed to build nine flats on the site of the former S. G. Smith car dealership and garage.

Many residents are angered at the decision and maintain the store will bring "traffic chaos" to the Crown Point crossroads at the top of Beulah Hill and damage the Norwood Grove Conservation Area.

Local traders have also expressed concerns that it could cause shoppers to desert smaller businesses such as bakeries and newsagents'.

John Hickman, from the North Croydon Conservation Area Advisory Panel and the Norwood Society, added that the proposed appearance of the store is "sterile and unimaginative".

How the store will look from one side

He added: "Clearly our defence of the case wasn't sufficiently robust given that Lidl pulled all the stops out and put forward a formidable team, led by a QC, to represent their case.

"I hope the grapes they sell are better than those many of us are presently tasting."

Sue Izzett, owner of Crown Bakery opposite the Lidl site, added that the decision was a "great loss" to the area.

The Planning Inspectorate's Laura Gibbons concluded the new store - which will have 38 parking spaces - would provide jobs.


She said that modern buildings are "not uncommon in the wider area" and noted the use of brick in the Lidl building would "complement the red brick" of the nearby British Home and Hospital for Incurables, which is next to a Tesco Express.

Ms Gibbons added in the report: "A representative of local traders referred to a decline in local shops where similar food stores have been introduced.

"However, I have not been provided with any evidence to confirm that would be the case.

"A number of planning conditions will apply to the store and the seven two-bed flats and two three-bed flats.

These include sound insulation for windows on the flats, re-positioning part of the bus stop in Crown Lane and installing electric vehicle charging points.


How the site looks at the moment

CCTV must be installed in and around the site and a car park management plan must be submitted to the council before work commences.

Travellers turned the site into a dumping ground last September before Lidl took legal action to evict them.

Lidl has said the new store will create up to 40 new jobs.

It will feature an in-store bakery and seven tills.

Construction work on the multi-million pound site is estimated to start in the autumn, adding to its 630 other stores around the country.

Chris Young-Wootton, Lidl UK's regional head of property, said: "We could not be more delighted to have received planning permission for our new store and look forward to commencing construction."

A spokeswoman added: "The independent planning inspectors have been incredibly diligent in analysing our plans for the site and are fully satisfied that the development would have a positive impact on the conservation area and is in line with both national and local planning policy."