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Lidl planning application submitted for Rickmansworth

posted 30 Nov 2013, 12:02 by Tomo
We wrote previously about the Lidl proposal for Rickmansworth - Lidl approached many local residents directly via a mailshot about their proposed supermarket on the site of the former Police Station in Rickmansworth, and ran a community engagement event in Mill End.

Lidl have now submitted their planning application under reference 13/2077/FUL on 15th November 2013, and residents have until Friday 6th December to submit comments on the application. You can view the application online.

As we stated previously, there were general comments made in favour of the concept of a low-cost retailer such as Lidl in our local area. However there were concerns expressed about the proposed plans for Rickmansworth, the visual appearance of the development as proposed and traffic management issues at this specific site.

Whilst the locality is a generally affluent area, and we are fortunate to have a good mix of both vibrant independent local retailers as well as a good selection national chains in our local area. However, not all of our residents are fortunate enough to be able to be able afford to shop on every occasion in the existing local retailers. One comment from a local resident in the recent past regarding the slow off-peak Metropolitan Line services was that these services had the benefit that it made it easier for them to get to Pinner without a change from Chorleywood where there is a Lidl at the top of the high street there, as they could not afford many of the existing options.

We are a little disappointed that Lidl at this time have not sought to address some of the concerns raised by many residents, specifically the visual impact of the development to Rectory Road, however in the covering letter to the planning department Lidl have stated that they are open to discussions on this point.

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