Plans for third Lincoln Lidl approved despite objections

Plans to demolish a former Chinese restaurant in North Hykeham to make way for a Lidl supermarket have been approved by North Kesteven District Council.

As previously reported, the proposal will see a 3,867 sqm food store and around 113 parking spaces built in place of the former Ocean Chinese Restaurant and a number of surrounding homes.

Councillors reached the decision at a North Kesteven District Council planning meeting on the evening of Tuesday, January 26.

The application indicates that 38 jobs will be created – 10 full-time and 28 part-time.

Approval of the plans mean the store will join established Lidl supermarkets on Dixon Street and the Carlton Centre.

An access road would be created from Newark Road into the 113-space car park, and a section of Newark Road would also be widened to create a right-turn lane for traffic from the north.

A speaker on behalf of Lidl attended the meeting on January 26, stating the store would enhance the consumer choice in the local community.

The plans have proved controversial however, attracting a number of objections, including from North Hykeham Town Council.

One objector addressed the meeting, claiming that he was speaking on behalf of 300 residents who were against the application.

It has been recommended that work begins on the site within three years.

Councillor Mrs Pat Woodman MBE Chairman of the Planning Committee said: “A statutory consultation period takes place on all planning applications giving interested parties, including residents, the chance to have their say on what’s being put forward.

“All comments received form part of the planning file and are given full consideration during the formal assessment of the application, as are the representations made to the Committee.

“When a proposal is put before the Planning Committee it is judged on a number of criteria, including planning guidance, impact on the surrounding area and economic need.

“The Committee balances these criteria when considering the consent of planning permission.”