Lidl Mocha
The store would be accessed from Littleton Road

Lidl to feature at Salboy’s Castle Irwell 

Dan Whelan

The discount supermarket chain is to submit plans this month for a 23,400 sq ft food store on the corner of Littleton Road and Cromwell Road at the 500-home scheme. 

In addition, Lidl has submitted a planning application for a store at Mocha Parade in Lower Broughton, which is around a mile away from Castle Irwell. 

Salford City Council selected Lidl as its preferred retail partner for the Mocha Parade site last year. Lidl also operates a store on Fitzwarren Street, close to Salford Shopping Centre.

The Castle Irwell store would be accessed from Littleton Road and feature a 100-space car park. A public consultation on the proposals is underway.

Lidl’s regional head of property Nick Harvey said: “We are extremely excited about the prospect of opening two new stores in Salford.

“If approved, together these stores would mark a multimillion-pound investment for Lidl and around 80 new jobs, which would be fantastic for the local area.”

Benjamin Ashcroft, head of marketing for Salboy, added: “A new supermarket was always a fundamental component of creating a new community at Castle Irwell and we are delighted to have Lidl on board.

“Our first homes at Castle Irwell will be complete by this summer with the first residents moving in and it is great to have new local facilities opening. With the restored Turnstile Building already complete, the transformation happening here is really exciting.”

Lead contractor Domis is on site building the first phase of homes at Salboy’s £120m development, plans for which were approved last summer. 

The developer acquired the 36-acre site from the University of Salford in 2019. 

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New jobs created. Cheap as chips supermarket. Good location.

By Born Bred Darren.

Good For the community.

By Mr P DUTTON

Littleton and Cromwell Roads are incredibly busy and polluted. I hope the layout and access into the site accounts for this and that the public realm is both generous and high quality. You don’t want a horrible wind swept car park and narrow pavements combined with hundreds of vehicle movements at this prominent junction. It needs to be seen as an opportunity to help create a walkable neighbourhood, too much of inner city Salford is still characterised by steel fencing, busy roads, blighted open land and car parks.

By Mildred

This is a great opportunity to achieve mixed use and improve (increase) the residential density within the area, making it more active and safer. A single storey building surrounded in surface parking is not the best use of land. Residential accommodation (say 3 storeys of flats) above the store would work. Lidl would need persuading, but there are plenty examples of this being successful. Lidl currently have a scheme in Epsom High Street doing precisely that. Come on Salboy……lets not settle for second best.

By Dave McCall