Lidl pays £1.1million for controversial site

Lidl pays £1.1million for controversial site

Lidl pays £1.1million for controversial site

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A budget supermarket chain has stumped up £1million to try and push through foiled plans to build a store in Eastwood.

Despite having planning permission rejected twice for a supermarket on the corner of Progress Road and Rayleigh Road, Lidl has bought the site for £1.1million, the Echo can reveal.

Approval has been granted for a mini business park on the site – the former Safestore – but the consortium behind it said it can’t progress its plans after the chain “steamrollered” the landowner with cash.

Southend Council planners twice rejected Lidl’s plans because of the look of the building but it hasn’t deterred the supermarket giant.

Clive Lucas, who represents the consortium that wanted to bring a 15-unit industrial park to the site, said: “I’m very disappointed that our scheme will not progress now because of a big retailer steamrolling their way in with cash.

“We can’t compete with them financially and it looks like they will keep plugging and plugging away until they get approval.

“It opens the door to having more industrial warehouses turned into retail sites.”

Under previous proposals, Lidl wanted to replace the derelict former Safestore warehouse and part of Essex Timber and Plywood’s neighbouring yard, creating 40 jobs.

But it would have meant the closure of the timber yard with the loss of 14 jobs.

Lidl has had its plans turned down at Southend Council’s planning committee, and then appealed the decision, last year.

However, the firm withdrew the appeal and slapped in a revised proposal in April. Councillor narrowly turned down the re-drawn plans, which include office space to overcome the previous objection to the loss of land meant for employment, with councillors concerned the store would not be keeping in with the area.

A spokesman for the site’s previous owners, Safestore, said: “In Southend, we operate out of a purpose built new store.

“We are pleased to have completed the unconditional sale of the site of the previous store to Lidl for £1.1m.”

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6:30am Tue 22 Jul 14

John Right says...

Build it and They will come ...
Build it and They will come ... John Right
  • Score: 24

6:51am Tue 22 Jul 14

alarminstaller says...

These premises love em or hate em are actually keeping prices in check.

The big bullying supermarkets have thankfully had their wings clipped gone are the days of Tesco's opening on every corner, thankfully.
These premises love em or hate em are actually keeping prices in check. The big bullying supermarkets have thankfully had their wings clipped gone are the days of Tesco's opening on every corner, thankfully. alarminstaller
  • Score: 30

7:11am Tue 22 Jul 14

Bigmama1 says...

At last! The public have been waiting for this for a long time. Lidl only missed out on their last planning application by one vote! How does this one vote wins over the majority?

It's a load of rubbish about the wood yard as well. Lidl only wanted to use the extra piece which is leased by the wood yard. This would be Lidl's rights IF they wished. Lidl has not even announced that.

So the consortium wanted to have 15 units there? Why didn't they share the cost and buy the site themselves? They are business men after all. They could have even sold it on later to Lidl! I bet they are kicking themselves now.

Good luck Lidl the public are behind you.
At last! The public have been waiting for this for a long time. Lidl only missed out on their last planning application by one vote! How does this one vote wins over the majority? It's a load of rubbish about the wood yard as well. Lidl only wanted to use the extra piece which is leased by the wood yard. This would be Lidl's rights IF they wished. Lidl has not even announced that. So the consortium wanted to have 15 units there? Why didn't they share the cost and buy the site themselves? They are business men after all. They could have even sold it on later to Lidl! I bet they are kicking themselves now. Good luck Lidl the public are behind you. Bigmama1
  • Score: 41

7:33am Tue 22 Jul 14

the citizen says...

Great news.....stop your crying Mr Lucus...you missed out, hardly steamrollered, your businessmen didn't get their act (or their money) together. There is plenty of other industrial units to be refurbished in that area. We didn't hear your consortium complain when other units became retail...and there are loads of them in Progress Road. Welcome Lidl. The residents want you here.
Great news.....stop your crying Mr Lucus...you missed out, hardly steamrollered, your businessmen didn't get their act (or their money) together. There is plenty of other industrial units to be refurbished in that area. We didn't hear your consortium complain when other units became retail...and there are loads of them in Progress Road. Welcome Lidl. The residents want you here. the citizen
  • Score: 35

8:14am Tue 22 Jul 14

Rayleigh mum says...

so the imaginary business consortium - where are they now?

As long as the traffic flow problems to this site are rectified, this new store would be a major improvement in this area
so the imaginary business consortium - where are they now? As long as the traffic flow problems to this site are rectified, this new store would be a major improvement in this area Rayleigh mum
  • Score: 31

8:31am Tue 22 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

Bring it on!

This means I won't have to go to Pitsea or Hadleigh. Fantastic news. Lidl and Aldi have whacked the @rses of major supermarkets and shown that low prices and good quality can be achieved.

I am a huge fan of both stores and welcome the presence of a Lidl store closer to my home.
Bring it on! This means I won't have to go to Pitsea or Hadleigh. Fantastic news. Lidl and Aldi have whacked the @rses of major supermarkets and shown that low prices and good quality can be achieved. I am a huge fan of both stores and welcome the presence of a Lidl store closer to my home. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 32

8:47am Tue 22 Jul 14

John Right says...

Rayleigh mum wrote:
so the imaginary business consortium - where are they now?

As long as the traffic flow problems to this site are rectified, this new store would be a major improvement in this area
You say that about this fantastic store, yet the real issues regarding traffic are to do with not the stores but the roads, the airport, stop nit picking and lets see Aldi and LIDL opening stores.
[quote][p][bold]Rayleigh mum[/bold] wrote: so the imaginary business consortium - where are they now? As long as the traffic flow problems to this site are rectified, this new store would be a major improvement in this area[/p][/quote]You say that about this fantastic store, yet the real issues regarding traffic are to do with not the stores but the roads, the airport, stop nit picking and lets see Aldi and LIDL opening stores. John Right
  • Score: 17

10:03am Tue 22 Jul 14

Cor Blimey says...

Bring it on Lidl! Good for you. Dint let stuck up councillor a stand in your way.
Bring it on Lidl! Good for you. Dint let stuck up councillor a stand in your way. Cor Blimey
  • Score: 25

2:07pm Tue 22 Jul 14

w-jback says...

Does anyone know which councillors voted against? Are they still councillors after the May elections?
Does anyone know which councillors voted against? Are they still councillors after the May elections? w-jback
  • Score: 9

4:17pm Tue 22 Jul 14

runwellian says...

We need these stores to help get rid of the vile Tesco dirty stores where the staff are so darn rude you fear going there.

Aldi and Lidl have brought us quality good and great prices and some products not previously available in Britain.

Let's see more of these stores on every street corner.
We need these stores to help get rid of the vile Tesco dirty stores where the staff are so darn rude you fear going there. Aldi and Lidl have brought us quality good and great prices and some products not previously available in Britain. Let's see more of these stores on every street corner. runwellian
  • Score: 12

4:57pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bigmama1 says...

w-jback wrote:
Does anyone know which councillors voted against? Are they still councillors after the May elections?
I've been told there was only one vote against Lidl's plan. Let's hope that person has lost their seat!
[quote][p][bold]w-jback[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know which councillors voted against? Are they still councillors after the May elections?[/p][/quote]I've been told there was only one vote against Lidl's plan. Let's hope that person has lost their seat! Bigmama1
  • Score: 7

5:40pm Tue 22 Jul 14

the25man says...

runwellian wrote:
We need these stores to help get rid of the vile Tesco dirty stores where the staff are so darn rude you fear going there.

Aldi and Lidl have brought us quality good and great prices and some products not previously available in Britain.

Let's see more of these stores on every street corner.
What you say sounds good but they will also become like the big six
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: We need these stores to help get rid of the vile Tesco dirty stores where the staff are so darn rude you fear going there. Aldi and Lidl have brought us quality good and great prices and some products not previously available in Britain. Let's see more of these stores on every street corner.[/p][/quote]What you say sounds good but they will also become like the big six the25man
  • Score: -3

6:48pm Tue 22 Jul 14

beppo1 says...

The person didn't lose his seat.It's the mayor!!!!!
The person didn't lose his seat.It's the mayor!!!!! beppo1
  • Score: 3

8:50pm Tue 22 Jul 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Bring it on!

This means I won't have to go to Pitsea or Hadleigh. Fantastic news. Lidl and Aldi have whacked the @rses of major supermarkets and shown that low prices and good quality can be achieved.

I am a huge fan of both stores and welcome the presence of a Lidl store closer to my home.
How about you try get a job... in one of them?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Bring it on! This means I won't have to go to Pitsea or Hadleigh. Fantastic news. Lidl and Aldi have whacked the @rses of major supermarkets and shown that low prices and good quality can be achieved. I am a huge fan of both stores and welcome the presence of a Lidl store closer to my home.[/p][/quote]How about you try get a job... in one of them? ThisYear
  • Score: -6

9:08pm Tue 22 Jul 14

jolllyboy says...

Well done Lidl - that's amazing. Build it quick, dont do a Tesco and keep the site empty for years and then pass it over................
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Well done Lidl - that's amazing. Build it quick, dont do a Tesco and keep the site empty for years and then pass it over................ .. jolllyboy
  • Score: 4

9:18pm Tue 22 Jul 14

beppo1 says...

So I have been lead to believe
So I have been lead to believe beppo1
  • Score: 2

8:50am Wed 23 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Objections to the way the planned store looks?

A 15 unit industrial complex is hardly going to rival Angkor Wat for looks is it?

Some people really need to get a grip.

Good luck to Lidl in getting their store built.

Of course, all those people objecting will never use the store but they would be the ones losing out....
Objections to the way the planned store looks? A 15 unit industrial complex is hardly going to rival Angkor Wat for looks is it? Some people really need to get a grip. Good luck to Lidl in getting their store built. Of course, all those people objecting will never use the store but they would be the ones losing out.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 9

10:02am Wed 23 Jul 14

Shrimpers Not Blues says...

And more people on the dole as the woodyard and local shops are driven out of business. Nora Goodman says that 99.9% of people are in favour. To do this she must have asked at least 1000 people. Was you asked....I wasn't.
And more people on the dole as the woodyard and local shops are driven out of business. Nora Goodman says that 99.9% of people are in favour. To do this she must have asked at least 1000 people. Was you asked....I wasn't. Shrimpers Not Blues
  • Score: -9

7:13pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Jennakin says...

Fabulous, we need Lidl in this area , can't wait for it to become a reality.
Fabulous, we need Lidl in this area , can't wait for it to become a reality. Jennakin
  • Score: 5

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