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We would like to bring a brand new, modern Lidl store to the site soon to be vacated by Hucknall Town Football Club, on Watnall Road in Hucknall.
In the coming weeks, a planning application for the development will be submitted to Ashfield District Council. However, before that happens, we want to know what you think about the proposals.
The plans represent a multimillion-pound investment in Hucknall and will see the site transformed into a brand new, modern Lidl store and accompanying car park. The development will deliver a number of significant benefits for the local community, including improved shopping choice, convenience and the creation of new jobs for local people.
Importantly, the store will also incorporate a range of sustainable features, including air source heat pumps to heat the store naturally, electric vehicle charging points in the car park and the planting of new trees and shrubs around the boundary of the site.
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Securing the future of Hucknall Town Football Club
As you may be aware, the construction of a new home for Hucknall Town Football Club, off Aerial Way, has already begun. However, the completion of these works, and securing the long-term future of the Football Club and all its associated community uses, very much depends on the success of the Lidl application. Work yet to be completed includes building a new Clubhouse with changing and function rooms.
Transport and access
In terms of traffic, we anticipate that, at peak times, the majority of our customers will already be on roads around the site when they decide to visit us, simply turning in to the store on their way past. This will result in negligible impact on local highways.
Vehicles will enter and exit the site from a new priority junction on Watnall Road. This will be in the same location as the current, gated entrance to Hucknall Town Football Club. A new pedestrian entrance will also be created from Watnall Road, enabling people to walk to and from the store.
Deliveries will be made to the Lidl via the service dock to the eastern side of the store. These will be infrequent; a typical Lidl, for example, receives a maximum of 2 deliveries per day.
New store design
The proposed store will be built in accordance with our new store concept, which has been created to provide our customers with a great shopping experience. The new store will benefit from wider aisles, baby changing facilities, longer tills, a customer toilet and the excellent range of products our customers have come to expect from us.
We opened our first Lidl supermarket in Germany in 1973. Following positive customer feedback, we quickly expanded and, by the 1980s, Lidl had become a household name.
Our first Lidl in Great Britain opened in 1994 and we now have over 790 stores, as well as 13 distribution centres, across England, Scotland and Wales.
We take great pride in providing top-quality products at the lowest prices. Our stores are operated by a network of dedicated, friendly store staff, helping to establish and develop the success of the company.
New jobs for local people
The proposed Lidl store will generate up to 40 new full and part-time jobs for local people.
All Lidl recruitment specifically targets our stores’ primary catchment areas (usually less than a 5-minute drive from the store). This means that around 80% of the jobs will be filled locally, providing a real boost to the local economy.
In 2015, we were the first British supermarket to pay all of our employees the Real Living Wage and, from March this year, we will increase our hourly pay levels above the National Living Wage, meaning our store employees will be paid a minimum of £9.30 per hour. We do not operate ‘zero hour’ contracts. At Lidl, we look to invest in our people and offer structured in-house training to see our colleagues moving on within our business.
Social responsibility and sustainability are at the core of our daily operations, and we place a strong emphasis on our responsibility to people, society and the environment.
Lidl GB is passionate about working with British producers and sources two thirds of its products from British suppliers, working with homegrown businesses across the British Isles wherever possible. In support of this, we have signed up to the National Farmers’ Union’s Back British Farming Charter, which helps to build support for British food and farming through simple actions like buying British produce.
Last year, we also signed up to the National Farmers’ Union’s ‘Fruit and Veg Pledge’; a commitment to working more closely with our farmers to provide them with the necessary support and to ensure they are treated fairly.
We also work hard to make sure the key ingredients in our products are ethically-sourced, and have collaborated closely with internationally-recognised organisations including Fairtrade Foundation, UTZ and Rainforest Alliance to help drive improvements.
At Lidl, we’re proud of our Great British partnerships and work with a number of organisations and charities that reflect our values. We aim to enhance the lives of our customers and their communities with these partnerships, as well as work to benefit Great Britain on a larger scale through links with environmental and charitable organisations.
Our partners include the NSPCC, our national charity partner since 2017, Mumsnet and Neighbourly, who we partnered with to launch our first national food redistribution programme: Feed It Back.
What happens now?
All feedback will be carefully considered and, where possible and appropriate, incorporated into our proposals. A planning application for the site will then be submitted to Ashfield District Council in the coming weeks.
HAVE YOUR SAY
Please complete this feedback form to have your say.
• I am generally in favour of the proposals for a new Lidl store on Watnall Road in Hucknall.
The information you provide will only be used by the development team for the purpose of this consultation exercise. Comments will be made available to the relevant planning authority; however, your personal details will not be placed on the public record. The data will be held securely by us in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018.
If you have any queries about the proposals, please feel free to contact us on 0800 024 6109 or email@example.com.
For more information about Lidl GB, please visit www.lidl.co.uk.