88% declare support for a new Lidl store

Heacham Lidl meeting. MLNF15EB09622 ANL-150909-125138001
Heacham Lidl meeting. MLNF15EB09622 ANL-150909-125138001
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A public consultation about a proposed new supermarket in Heacham has come out with the great majority of people expressing a preference saying they would like to see it built.

Figures released by Lidl reveal that of the 1,125 who came to the consultation day, 990 said they supported the proposal and 135 said they did not.

That is a percentage level of 88 per to just 12 per cent.

Lidl has said that it would like to build a supermarket on the former RJ Stainsby and Son garage on Lynn Road, which closed earlier this year.

The public consultation was held in late August at Heacham Social Club.

More than 10,000 letters were distributed by Lidl to homes in the Heacham and Hunstanton area saying that the supermarket was hoping to open a branch in the area and asking people to attend to make their views known.

Possible objections could include the amount of traffic that the supermarket will be sure to generate on what is already a very busy road.

But at the time of the consultatation, many of those who attended said they were keen for the discount supermarket to open a branch on the site.

It would be a rival to Tesco and Sainsbury’s, who both have a store in the town.

There is also a Tesco Express and a C0-Op in Heacham and a Budgens in Dersingham .

At the time a Lidl spokesman said: “The store will be of the newest and most sophisticated specification.

“We also hope the development will bring 40 new full and part-time jobs to the area.”

No date has been given by the German-owned Lidl as to when a formal application for planning permission will be submitted.

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham gave the plans a “cautious welcome”and said a commercial development was more appropriate for the site than a housing scheme.

But he said entry and exit slip roads were likely to be needed, adding: “They have got to get the traffic management right.”