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Lidl: To Increase Size of Store

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Henry Neel from Lidl has provided an update on the development of Lidl at the Rover/Comet site which makes interesting reading and we were keen to share:

As you are aware on 18 November 2015 we received the long awaited but brilliant news that Lidl was granted planning permission for the construction of a Lidl foodstore on the former Imperial House site in South Ruislip. Since the application was submitted the Lidl concept has evolved, and not long before it was due to be determined we had an opportunity to acquire some additional land, which we did. As a result of the continued success of the company and tremendous local support, there is now a fantastic opportunity to construct our latest store design on the former Rover show room and Comet store site. The new proposal will provide the local community with a slightly larger store with increased car parking but importantly a more spacious, brighter and comfortable store enabling customers to benefit from an enhanced shopping experience.

A new full planning application for the new proposed store was submitted on 30 November 2015 and is now awaiting determination by London Borough of Hillingdon (LBH). I am in regular communication with LBH and I’m hopeful that we will receive a decision in the first part of next year. 

The South Ruislip residents have been very supportive of Lidl and have taken an active interest in our progress with this site. As a result, I am keen to provide residents with updates and have produced a dedicated website, http://lidlsouthruislip.co.uk/ which provides individuals with all of the information on this new and improved scheme. I have also produced an online petition, http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/support-lidl-south-ruislip.html as it is very important that residents have their say and if they are in support of our application to redevelop the site, it is vital that they make their views known to their local Ward Councillor.

Coped below is a list of the links which individuals may be interested in visiting:

–  Website: http://lidlsouthruislip.co.uk/ 

–  Online petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/support-lidl-south-ruislip.html

–  Planning Application:  http://planning.hillingdon.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/planningComment?reference=5039/APP/2015/4395&from=planningSearch

Thank you once again for your assistance with this application and no doubt speak soon.

Kind regards

Henry

Henry Neel MRICS
Senior Consultant
Acquisitions 

T:  02089 058 766
E: henry.neel@lidl.co.uk
A: London North West Property Office, 4-14 Blackbird Hill, London, NW9 8SD


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Editor: In the interests of balance, should you wish, you can also object to the proposal on planning grounds by writing to the planning committee or ward councillor as well.

Lidl Planning Application to be heard Wednesday 18th November – UPDATE: Planning Permission Granted

We’ve had  a number of questions from members about the application and we are pleased to say that this  one is set to be heard on the 12th November 2015 at the Uxbridge Civic Centre.

Lidl ApplicationThe planning application concerns Lidl’s proposed new supermarket at the previous Rover Garage/Comet site on Victoria Road near Wickes.  As opposed to the application on the old Land of Leather site near the ARLA development which has already obtained planning permission.

The site will be developed into a new supermarket as per the application here.  If you are for or against the development you  are welcome to attend the committee hearing on 18th Nov, Committee Room 5, Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge UB8 1UW.

UPDATE: **At the planning hearing the development was granted planning permission.**

SRRA Member Question: What Next for the Land of Leather and Focus Site?

Good Morning,

I have lived in South Ruislip for the past 15 years where we appear to have more and more unused property which is getting to be a little concerning to say the least.
I am aware of the city grove development and the challenges faced by Sainsbury which is not ideal as was looking forward to the development which has so much potential for the area, however I guess I got a bit lost when I heard that the old Focus and Land of Leather site is not part of the old dairy development.

When making enquires I was informed that any of the following could be moving into the site, A Smyth's Toy Store, A night club and a Aldi.
I haven't seen anything come through my door with regards to this and surely as a resident we should be informed of what is being attracted to the area specifically if a night club is planned.

Could you please confirm if know what is planned for the old Focus/Land of Leather site as this is concerning that it is not part of the old dairy development and anything could end up in there.

Kind regards,

A Concerned Resident.

Good question.

You are quite right it is a separate site.

However the fate of that site is firmly tied with the ARLA development.  Provided the ARLA site goes ahead the Focus/Land of Leather site becomes more valuable to the owners (AVIVA) because of the expected footfall the ARLA development brings.

Latest planning requests show requests for retail variations on planning rather than activity such as nightclubs, but these are registered from July last year and are still undecided, although have recently been amended (03/03/2015) assuming that the Citygrove development goes ahead.

Hearsay indicates Aldi and a B&M Homestore, but you can appreciate that who goes in there under existing planning classes is not something we can lobby on or will necessarily be aware of.

If we saw a planning request for a nightclub we would be most vocal about it!  I think this unlikely given the owners have put in these retail variations.

Better quality retail units being attracted to this site is another reason for supporting Sainsbury’s restriction of competition in the area by calling for a Judicial Review of the ARLA development.

Copy of Letter Sent Today to Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe

At the Quarterly meeting last night Sid Jackson promised to send a letter outlining our objection and frustration with Sainsbury’s intention to launch a Judicial Review again the ARLA development which will include an ASDA supermarket.

This he has done.

The letter can be found here:  Sainsburys letter January 2015

We encourage residents to write letters of objection to Sainsbury’s to let them know their feelings.  Would love to know your feelings on this on our Facebook page.

A write-up on the meeting last night can be found just here in the online version of the Gazette.

 

 

October Newsletter

We distSRRA Newsletter Cover Oct 2014ribute the SRRA newsletters ahead of the Quarterly meetings which take place in January, April, July and October each year. Please find at the link below the October 2014 SRRA Newsletter.  Much has moved on as we discussed at the meeting on the 22nd October. Time, tide and South Ruislip wait for no man. October 2014 Newsletter

Please note the next meeting is on the 21st January 2015 not 28th as mentioned in the newsletter.

Signs of Life at the Focus Site….

Focus Site
Focus Site

Toys shop planning applications and there two  others online at Hillingdon planning.  This could well be seen now because the owners, AVIVA, expect the ARLA site on Victoria Road to get planning permission…

In brief the plans are straightforward  and seem to be amendments to the two units:

  • To demolish the garden centre section in favour of car parking
  • To extend the range of goods to be sold.
  • Change in the internal configuration

For more information search online at Hillingdon Planning for applications

 

ARLA South Ruislip Retail Development

ARLA South Ruislip
ARLA South Ruislip

One key issue for us in South Ruislip at the moment is the building on the ARLA site.  The majority of the residents, local councillors and the committee of the SRRA are in favour of the new shopping facilities and housing being built.  There are plans for a new supermarket, ASDA, a cinema, housing and family restaurants.

Those against speak in particular of the concerns with traffic.  Our argument is that there will be more traffic anyway and counter peak traffic won’t be as detrimental as traffic at peaks such as if the site was all housing.  Besides we like the idea of competition with Sainsburys.  If you have a point of view on this issue you are always welcome to leave a comment below or attend the planning meeting when it takes place or write to your councillors with your viewpoint.

The consultation process has finished now, but details of the plan can be found here on Hillingdon’s planning portal.

A decision is due by 05/08/2014, but often they take longer subject to the timing of the next available major planning committee meeting.

The developers website can be found just here.