Store seeks to remove delivery time constraints

A town centre food store is seeking to remove restrictions on delivery times.

Lidl UK has submitted an application to Northumberland County Council to remove a previous planning condition from its store in Stanley Terrace, Morpeth, that limits deliveries and collections to between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday.

The company states that relaxing the rules will allow more flexibility for warehouse operations.

However, Morpeth Town Council is opposing the bid on the grounds of residential amenity.

And it has complained that the store is already breaching the restriction as deliveries are taking place on Sundays.

At a meeting of its Planning and Transport Committee, Coun David Parker said: “I feel very unhappy about this. This will particularly affect the people in the houses next to it, but it will also have an impact on the Low Stanners end of the town.”

And Acting Chairman Bob Robertson said: “It is going to set a precedent. We have to object in the strongest terms.”

Coun Nic Best said: “We can oppose this because of the impact on a residential area. There are residents at the back who are already suffering from activity in Bridge Street.

“We also need to say something about Lidl flouting the existing regulations.”

Two local residents have written in objection over noise disturbance and complaining that deliveries are already taking place outside the time limits, and the Morpeth Congregation of Jehovahs Witnesses has raised the same concerns.

The county’s Public Protection team has also objected and says it is already investigating noise complaints.