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Decision on Calcot Lidl store due

West Berkshire Councillors will debate planning application at meeting tonight

Chris Ord

Reporter:

Chris Ord

Decision on Lidl store in Calcot is delayed

WEST Berkshire councillors are set to make a decision on plans for a new Lidl store in Calcot after the application was removed from the previous meeting’s agenda at the last minute.

In August, the council’s Eastern Area Planning Committee was due to debate the plans for the new store on the A4 Bath Road.

The proposals include 100 customer car parking spaces, delivery facilities and landscaping.

However, at the start of the meeting, committee chairman Graham Pask (Con, Bucklebury) announced that it had been removed from the agenda and that the decision would be deferred.

An email to residents from Lidl’s head of property for the South and South East, Jason Gratton, stated that the store’s representatives had only been made aware of the change to the agenda two hours before the meeting.

The reason for the deferral is unknown.

The item is now set to be discussed at tonight's meeting of the Eastern Area Planning Committee at the Calcot Centre at 6.30pm.

In a report to the committee ahead of the meeting, officers have recommended that planning permission for the 2,432 sq m store be granted.

However, concerns have been raised over the impact the new store will have on traffic in the area, with that section of the A4 already home to a large Sainsbury’s, an Aldi and, of course, the new IKEA superstore.

The plans, which could create up to 23 new jobs if approved, have also received backing from a number of local residents, who say a new Lidl would help meet the demands for a new store in the local area.

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