Lidl Macclesfield

Cheshire East approves Lidl’s Macclesfield store

Proposals to build a 14,000 sq ft Lidl on Parsonage Street in the centre of Macclesfield have been granted permission after Cheshire East’s Northern planning committee members gave the scheme their unanimous backing.

The project, designed by Space Architects, sits on a 1.4 acre site between Parsonage Street, Park Green, and the A536. The area was previously used for offices and light industrial but has been vacant for around 10 years.

Overall, the scheme will cover 40,000 sq ft, including 14,000 sq ft of retail space, car parking for 88 vehicles, and a new public frontage to Park Green.

A previous application by Lidl for the site was withdrawn following a review by Places Matter, which raised a series of design issues, including “an overcomplicated material palette” and “poor links around the site”.

The architect planned to use perforated copper cladding on the building combined with a concrete façade along the lower levels.

Councillors said there should be a “strict condition” in place to make sure the cladding would be compatible with fire safety regulations.

Planning officers said the proposals would “respond well to the Park Green conservation area” and local heritage assets, but committee members said this had “no justification whatsoever” and the assertion was “highly subjective”.

Despite this, councillors gave their backing to the scheme owing to the nature of the vacant plot, which was described as an “eyesore” in the town, and approved the project unanimously.

The professional team includes SCP as transport planner and Wardell Armstrong as environmental consultant.

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Great to see some imagination being shown on the treatment to a discount foodstore as opposed to the boring formulaic standards they normally want!

By Dover

Fantastic!, a lidl in Macclesfield,I love lidl.

By Cheryl Ellis

Don’t like it, Don’t need it, another box replacing the current eyesore, Doesn’t respect the historic surroundings. Will Damage town centre food operators, so don’t moan when the high street is desolate and deserted. Profit has overthrown sense. This site which is a Town entrance deserved better. Not to mention pollution which was conveniently forgotten as this is one of the most polluted areas of the town where targets have not only been failed but exceed danger levels already. Not pleased

By Val Lloyd

This appears to be a virtual store, as there has been no progress on site since the application was granted.

By Julian

It’s about time we had some choice in Macc, its like living in an old village of five hundred people in the Peak district

By Craigy

At last there seems to be progress on the site of where Lidl has had planning permission approved.

By Ellen

Would love to have a Lidals store more so at that end of Macclesfield I think it would encourage people to walk to that end of town and help other business along the way.

By Maureen