Plan to expand Whitby's Lidl store has been deferred again - here's why

A supermarket chain’s plans to demolish two homes in order to expand its store in Whitby has been delayed once again.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 3:11 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th March 2021, 3:18 pm

Lidl in Stakesby Road wants to knock down 1a and 1b Castle Road, which it owns, in order to increase the size of the store’s car park and the warehouse.

The supermarket chain submitted its plans to Scarborough Borough Council last year but in December, councillors on the authority’s planning committee deferred making a decision due to concerns about the development.

Fifteen local residents had objected to the proposals, with three more writing letters in favour of Lidl’s plans.

Whitby's Lidl store picture: Google

The Lidl scheme would create 20 more parking spaces and nine new parent and child spaces, a new entrance to the store and a new trolley bay.

A number of the objectors raised concerns about the increase in traffic in the area if the plans were to get the green light and noise caused by the store’s refrigeration system, though Whitby Town Council backed the proposals.

The scheme had been due to go back before the council’s planning and development committee today (Mar 11) but it was once again deferred, this time at the request of Lidl.

The authority’s planning manager, David Walker, told the councillors that Lidl was to “undertake further liaison” with the affected parties.

The plans had been recommended for approval.

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