Lidl coming to Torrington

LIDL have been given the go-ahead to build a supermarket in Torrington. Torridge District Council s planning committee made a site visit yesterday (Thursday) and agreed the controversial proposal for a store on the council-owned New Street car park site.

LIDL have been given the go-ahead to build a supermarket in Torrington.

Torridge District Council's planning committee made a site visit yesterday (Thursday) and agreed the controversial proposal for a store on the council-owned New Street car park site.

The planners had narrowly turned down a previous application in July, citing concern about the impact on neighbouring premises.

The revised application includes a reduction in the height of the proposed building.


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Its agreement brings the prospect of 20 new jobs and the store chain will provide a new public car park with 40 spaces, a new bus shelter and contribute �20,000 towards works for a footway/cycleway between the Puffing Billy and Torrington and �10,000 towards public art in the locality of the site.

The council received a petition of 96 signatures supporting the store, pointing to the nearest supermarket currently being in Barnstaple, that it would offer residents more choice and that there would be provision of a public pay-and-display car park.

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Nine objections included concerns about the impact on the town centre, noise, light and traffic pollution, traffic congestion in New Street and the loss of parking for coaches and lorries.

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