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Aldermaston Parish Council recommends refusal of proposed Tadley Lidl

ALDERMASTON Parish Council has objected to the proposed Lidl in Tadley, arguing that there is already too much traffic on the A340.

Lidl has appealed to the planning inspectorate following West Berkshire Council’s decision to reject an application for the store last July, arguing that there is ‘exceptional support’ for the discount supermarket among local residents.

The site for the proposed store lies in the Aldermaston parish, and the council has now reversed its previous position of no objection after adopting a policy of objecting to any application which will increase HGV traffic on the A340.

The proposed store in Tadley (46001918)
The proposed store in Tadley (46001918)

And in a meeting on April 13, the parish council resolved to recommend refusal of the appeal.

The council said in a statement: “Since the planning application was first considered by the parish council, the council has adopted a policy of objecting to any application which will increase the amount of HGV traffic on the A340.

“This is because they feel the A340 is already carrying too much traffic, particularly where it passes within the Conservation Area of Aldermaston village which lies to the north of the site.”

The parish council also reiterated its previous observations to the proposal, including suggestions for an entrance on Silchester Road instead of the proposed entrance on the A340, concerns over the use of a greenfield site for development, potential further development of the site in the future, and “inadequate” parking on the site.

Lidl’s appeal will be decided by the planning inspectorate through written representations rather than a hearing or an inquiry.

The inspector will take into account written evidence from Lidl, West Berkshire Council and other interested parties, as well as material submitted to the council during the application process and relevant legislation and policies.

People wishing to comment can do so at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk on appeal reference 3265942.

All representations must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by May 4.

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