Lidl Altrincham
The existing Homebase store would be expanded and sub-divided to accommodate Lidl

Trafford looks to refuse Lidl’s Altrincham plans

Dan Whelan

The discount supermarket chain wants to open a 20,000 sq ft store at Altrincham Retail Park off Manchester Road, but the council is set to block the proposals because Lidl has already agreed terms at another site in the town. 

The plans have been recommended for refusal by Trafford Council because there is a “sequentially preferable site” within an Altrincham town centre residential scheme currently under construction. 

At that scheme, Lidl has agreed terms with developer Nikal to build a store as part of the Altiar project. However, the supermarket chain deems it unlikely that scheme would be delivered within the next four years. 

For this reason, it is seeking approval for an alternative outlet at Altrincham Retail Park. 

However, the council believes that a four-year timescale to bring forward the branch at Altiar is “reasonable” and is therefore recommending the retail park scheme for refusal. Those plans would involve the reconfiguration of the existing Homebase store. 

The DIY retailer currently occupies the 53,000 sq ft Unit 1 at Altrincham Retail Park, owned by Orchard Street Investment Management.

Under the plans, the unit would be expanded to cover a total of 58,000 sq ft, and be subdivided to provide two retail units – one for Lidl and one for Homebase. 

Lidl would occupy 20,000 sq ft and Homebase the other 40,000 sq ft. 

The plans also propose 13,200 sq ft for a garden centre for Homebase, to be located next to the unit. 

The architect for the project is the Harris Partnership, and Rapley’s and Montagu Evans are the planning consultants for Lidl and Homebase respectively.

Orchard Street Investment Management bought Altrincham Retail Park from investor the Crown Estate for £63m in 2017.

Fergus Egan, head of retail property at Orchard Street, said: “Our plans would see £3m invested into Altrincham immediately, create around 40 new jobs this year, support a further 100 temporary construction posts and enable Homebase to continue operating at Altrincham Retail Park.

“We have answered all the concerns that have been raised during the planning process and are hopeful that councillors will recognise the very real economic benefits that Lidl’s first new store in Altrincham would bring.”

He added: “It will be a tragedy if we can’t find a route to work with council planners and overcome the technical issues cited as reasons to refuse planning permission.”

Lidl announced this month that it wanted to buy 60 sites each year as part of its UK expansion strategy.

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Altair in next four years?
You’re having a laugh.
The site has been vacant for 40 years…

By Alastair McFarlane

The site stays vacant the sale price goes up Capitalism

By Anonymous

There is big Tesco opposite. Lidl location is not suitable within the Altair project. It will devalue the estate unless that is what they want to achieve. .

By Ben

What’s the problem? Why are town planners so difficult?

By Anonymous

Their are families who would really benefit from a cut price supermarket in Altrincham, and 4 yrs in the current climate is a long time.

By Rose

They might be waiting to see if Waitrose make them an offer. They have appearances to maintain and Aldi doesn`t quite feel right.

By Shop till ya drop

Whoever was going to supply all of those bollards will be devastated

By Anonymous

Trafford are unbelievably difficult…trying to get a Pre App meeting at the moment on a 15 apartment resi scheme; they want over £6k for an initial Pre App, only using Zoom and the Pre App cant be recorded or the outcomes used to justify the Application….explain that if you can…

By anonymous

Altrincham has always had delusions of grandeur.

By Darren born in bred and Salford

Could the LPA not grant a personal permission specific to Lidl, or how about a temporary permission for say 5 years?

By Sandymoor Schteve