Chain offers Lidl assurances on Heacham store bid

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Officials of discount retailer Lidl say they remain confident their plans for a new, multi-million pound store in West Norfolk will be passed, despite a decision being delayed.

Last week, West Norfolk Council’s planning committee voted to defer a decision on the proposal to re-develop the site of the old R J Stainsby garage in Heacham.

And it means a decision will not now be made until next month.

But Lidl says that, despite its disappointment at the move, it understood the concerns of members.

In a statement, the chain said: “We remain confident that a positive result can be achieved for this overwhelmingly supported development, once members receive assurance from our development team and the local highways authority.

“Lidl remain firmly committed to bringing our fresh, quality and great value produce to the local community and will continue working with officers to find the right solution.

“We would like to take the opportunity at this time to thank all of those who have supported us so far, and look forward to a new committee date in the near future.”

The committee’s vote went against the recommendation of approval made by officers.

It came following criticism of the planned access to the site from the A149, which was also opposed by parish councillors.

Concerns were also raised about the appearance of the building against an area of outstanding natural beauty.