Minister will have final say on new Sunderland Lidl store

Lidl store, Ryhope, Sunderland

Lidl store, Ryhope, Sunderland

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A new supermarket could be built on Wearside just yards from its sister store.

At a meeting of Sunderland City Council’s Development Control (south) sub-committee this week, the decision to allow a Lidl store to be built off Ryhope Road, Grangetown, was approved.

Members at the meeting agreed to be minded to grant consent for the proposal and the application will now be referred to the Secretary of State for approval.

A report detailing the application reads: “The proposed development affects an area of vacant land situated adjacent to the existing Lidl foodstore standing to the east side Ryhope Road in Grangetown.

“The development site extends to an area of just over one hectare, and primarily comprises an area of disused hardstanding, together with the car park and access road of the existing Lidl store.

“The application site is located within an established commercial area (known as Salterfen) which, as well as the existing Lidl building, features a McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurant, The Sandcastle public house and a home furnishings store, all built on the site of a former electricity board depot.”

The report also added: “A total of 180 parking spaces will be provided, which will be spread across new parking areas to the west and north of the new building and within the reconfigured car park of the existing store (the car parks of the new store and existing store will flow into one another).

“The hard-surfaced car parks will be supplemented by areas of soft landscaping, which are primarily located around the outer boundaries of the site.”