Lidl submits plans for Heacham store

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A discount supermarket could be a step closer to building a store in Heacham after submitting a planning application.

Lidl wants to knock down the former Stainsby garage on the outskirts of the village to construct a £4 million store.

The chain has now submitted plans to 2,243m store and car park to West Norfolk Council.

The design and access statement says: “ This scheme will enhance the local economy of Heacham, providing the town with jobs and commercial opportunities.

“It will also increase consumer choice in the local area with a wider range of products than smaller express shops can provide.

“The store will be built on a brownfield site and to high Lidl standards, so will not damage the local environment. It will be constructed from sustainable materials, where sustainable procurement will be an important consideration.

“The design presents measures to reduce environmental impact both through design and the commitment to reduce pollution during the construction phase.

“Lidl hope that the advantages of this proposal, as well as the overall benefits to the local community, will be supported by council.”

Managers say 40 jobs could be created if the application is given the green light.

The chain hopes to create a 1,424m sales area which will include fresh, chilled and frozen food along with groceries and non-branded household items.

The planning statement adds: “The proposals include for 126 customer car parking spaces, which includes six disabled spaces and three parent and child spaces.

“Access will be from a simple priority junction, with a right-turn lane, which has been discussed at pre-application stage with Norfolk County Council.

“The access will be used by customers and the single HGV which delivers to the store each day.

“Pedestrian access to the site will be at the main vehicular access.”

The plans for the site appeared to receive support from villagers when the firm unveiled its proposal during a public exhibition in Heacham Village Hall during August.