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Lidl proposal for Rickmansworth

posted 27 Oct 2013, 12:37 by Tomo
Many residents will have received a letter recently from Lidl about their proposal for a new store in Rickmansworth. They are promoting a new neighbourhood discount food store at the former Rickmansworth Police Station site on Rectory Road, Rickmansworth. Lidl have already purchased the site from Hertfordshire Constabulary.

You can see more about their proposals online at http://www.lidlrickmansworth.co.uk/
And you can see an example of the communication that has been sent out.

The proposal was briefly discussed recently at a recent Executive Committee meeting, and 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 Chorleywood 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.

At the time of writing, Lidl have not put forward a firm proposal to Three Rivers District Council regarding their plans. 
So in the meantime residents have the opportunity to feed back directly to Lidl.

Lidl say on their website...

If you have any questions or queries that can not be resolved by the information provided, please feel free to contact us on:
Telephone: 020 8905 8766
Office hours: Monday-Friday; 08:00am – 18:00pm

Your feedback is very important to us and the Local Planning Authority. 

If you are in favour of our proposals then we would be grateful if you would assist us by voicing your support.
This can be done in a number of ways:

By signing our online petition – click here
By emailing us directly – forlidlrickmansworth@lidl.co.uk

Or by writing to: 
Planning & Building Control, 
Three Rivers District Council, 
c/o Lidl Wembley Property Office, 
1st Floor, 4-14 Blackbird Hill, 
Wembley. NW9 8SD. 

For those with any concerns we would also welcome your feedback. 

There has been some comment on the proposals on Twitter and someone else (not Lidl we would suggest) has put up a petition against the proposed development.

Sign the online petition against the proposal - click here

In the meantime we'll keep a watching brief on what is going on and keep you informed so you can make your own decision whether to respond to Lidl or a planning application.
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