Lidl wants to move to somewhere a little larger, as announced today:
On the move? The Lidl store in Woolbrook Road, Sidmouth. Picture: Google Maps.
A comment on the Sidmouth Community pages makes the point very eloquently:
The supermarket giant says it would like to relocate its Sidmouth store…
Now it’s clear what Fords we’re thinking with Sidford, move all businesses to the new site, and hey presto, a large housing and supermarket site! All the crap about new jobs in the area as a result of the Sidford development will be merely moving the same jobs to a new site and adding a load of houses to Sidmouth.
The problem is that the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan will not allow anyone to build houses on the current Lidl site – unless they are prepared to build lots of affordables::
POLICY 11: AFFORDABLE HOUSING WITHIN THE BUAB (built-up area boundary)
On schemes of 10 or more units or 0.5 hectares or more. (apart from exception sites as allowed by Policy 10 ) a minimum of 50% of homes must be affordable
Similarly, the Neighbourhood Plan will not allow anyone to build houses on the current Fords site at Alexandria Road for the same reasons – so a supermarket might have to do…
The Fords site at the Alexandria Industrial Estate might well be of interest to Lidl – as back in 2012, it was Morrison’s who expressed an interest:
Finally, whilst Fords have been pushing for years to move out of the Alexandria Industrial Estate, there is actually no need to move, as the Sid Valley has more than enough employment land:
Futures Forum: Sidford business park >>> “One of the many reasons why we do not need a new site in Sidford is that many of our employment sites are dormant – because East Devon’s current Local Plan is based upon an anticipated annual UK economic growth rate of 3% from 2007, which has turned out to be just over 1%.”