The supermarket group has secured consent for a 19,000 sq ft store off Woodhouse Lane as its growth in the region continues.
Lidl’s site, at the junction of Woodhouse Lane and Whitworth Way, forms part of a wider plot formerly occupied by Betafence but now vacant, previous buildings having been levelled in 2013.
The Beech Hill service station sits immediately to the north-east. The site falls within the Springfield & Miry Lane primary employment area.
Rapleys has advised Lidl on planning for the project, with HTC Architects, a regular Lidl partner, as designer. HTC is also architect on Lidl schemes in Stockport and at Omega South Retail Park near Warrington.
In Wigan, Lidl intends to build out a 19,000 sq ft building, with a floor sales area of around 12,200 sq ft. Eighty car parking spaces will be created at the site.
Initial consultation was carried out, followed by a re-consultation following design changes. In all, 53 letters of support have been lodged, with 21 in opposition.
Planning officers had summed up that “the scheme will facilitate a new high-quality development that will regenerate and bring investment and employment opportunities to a vacant and underutilised site,” adding that the store will “enhance the visual appearance of the site and the surrounding area”.