County Durham success for Lidl
Almscliffe Dhesi Developments has won consent to build a store for the discounter, on the site of a former bus depot in Stanley.
With bus operator the Go-Ahead Group listed as co-applicant, the developer can now take forward its plans for a 20,390 sq ft retail store on Chester Road, following approval at Durham County Council’s northern planning committee.
Professional advisors on the scheme include Ellis Healey Architecture, DPP Planning, Eco North, Milestone Transport Planning, NJD and Holloway Jennings.
The 2.88-acre brownfield site has now been cleared, with the exception of a phone mast in one corner. Built in the 1920s, the depot was closed in 2019.
The site is bordered by two car garage/MOT centres, which are due to be replaced by a petrol station.
Ellis Healey’s plans are for the store to be built towards the rear of the site, with 121 parking spaces to the front. In line with most Lidl stores, the 20,000 sq ft building will have a sales area of around 13,400 sq ft.
In April, the fast-growing grocery group set out its aim to add a further 44 sites across the North East in an updated requirements brochure.
Almscliffe Dhesi is a property business based in Leeds, with various development vehicles set up for projects in specific locations.
The Stanley plans can be viewed on Durham County Council’s planning portal with the reference DM/22/02627/FPA.