Lidl wins through after Salford stand-off
The city council has approved the supermarket’s plans for a store within Salboy’s Castle Irwell scheme at the second time of asking.
Lidl has been trying to build a store on the corner of Cromwell Road and Littleton Road since early 2021 and has finally been granted approval to do so almost three years later.
Salford City Council rejected Lidl’s first application for a 23,400 sq ft store in July 2021.
A report compiled by Salford’s principal planning officer David Allen at the time said Lidl’s proposals “fail to respond to and sit sympathetically within its physical context and respect the positive character of the local area and urban form around Charlestown roundabout.”
Lidl appealed the refusal but the planning inspectorate sided with the city council, saying the development would “significantly undermine the efforts of the city council and stakeholders with regards to the regeneration of the area”.
The discount retailer dusted itself down and returned with updated proposals in January 2023. The revised application sought consent for a slightly smaller store.
One of the main concerns about the initial proposals from both the city council and the planning inspector was the fact that the proposed store would be set back from the road.
Lidl sought to address this issue with the revised plans, moving the store closer to Littleton Road.
Whereas the previous proposals would have seen the store accessed via Littleton Road, the refreshed plans show access would now be from Cromwell Road.
The nearest Lidl store is located at Mocha Parade, approximately 1.2km south-east of the application site.
To learn more about the application, search for reference number 22/81015/FUL on Salford City Council’s planning portal.