Scheme recommended for approval

Lidl wants to replace its existing store in Morpeth.
Lidl wants to replace its existing store in Morpeth.

A proposal by a supermarket company for a replacement store in Morpeth with a bigger sales area is being recommended for approval by planning officers.

The site for Lidl’s bid to Northumberland County Council, which would involve knocking down the existing food store in Stanley Terrace, includes the adjacent former demolished petrol filling station and a reconfigured car park would provide 116 parking spaces

Although residents in Burnside, who live just behind the former petrol station, are not against the extended store in principle, many of them have objected to the proposed single entrance and exit point that will lead to the car park and the delivery bay next to Burnside’s boundary wall.

In addition, Sanderson Arcade owner Dransfield Properties and Morpeth Town Team have recently submitted objections as they believe the scheme can only go ahead if a ramp is added to the south west corner of the site to facilitate access for disabled people, and those with prams or pushchairs, to the town centre as well as or instead of the proposed steps.

The proposal will be determined by the county council’s strategic planning committee at a meeting in County Hall on Tuesday, 6pm start.