LIDL offers food for thought in Maltby

LIDL offers food for thought in Maltby

By Gareth Dennison | 27/11/2020

LIDL offers food for thought in Maltby

 

LIDL has unveiled multi-million pound plans for a food store across the former library and fire station sites in Maltby.

The chain says the development — over the High Street from Tesco — would bring 40 jobs while regenerating a key site.

And it has addressed concerns about there being too many Maltby supermarkets, calling the new Aldi on Muglet Lane an “out of centre” store.

A Lidl spokesman said: “The scheme proposes a new Lidl store which will provide a spacious and attractive shopping environment for local residents in a convenient and accessible location.

“The proposals will regenerate this key site adjacent to Maltby Town Centre and will improve the choice of retail facilities available to local residents.”

The plans — expected to be submitted to RMBC in late December — will include a 1,256sq metre store with a bakery and 87 parking spaces.

Lidl’s proposals for a store at Swallownest were rejected by the council in September because of fears about the potential impact on the existing retail offer there.

On the Maltby plans, the spokesman said: “The council’s own retail study identifies that a low level of expenditure generated in the local area is currently spent in local stores and identifies a need to address this through the provision of new retail facilities within Maltby.

“Although the new Aldi store on Muglet Lane will help to improve quality and choice to some extent, this is an out of centre store which will compete with the town centre.

“In contrast, the former fire station and library site is located directly adjacent to both the town centre and the existing Tesco store and in practice will function as part of the town centre, attracting shoppers to this part of the town, helping Maltby to maintain its market share in the face of new competition and helping to improve this centre.”

The old library closed two years ago and has been demolished. Firefighters moved in with the police on Rotherham Road in 2017.

Residents are invited to comment on the proposals at www.lidlmaltby.com.

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