Recommendations for a 7th Supermarket in Portswood have been given the green light, it was announced last week.
Lidl, the German discount company from Essen, is planning on taking over the car park area on Westridge Road, off the middle of the High Street.
Approval is subject to planning consent and other conditions being met, including the maintenance of a free short-stay car park on the site, regardless of whether motorists shop at the proposed new supermarket.
However, with 5 Supermarkets on the High Street, and a Sainsbury’s being built opposite the Mitre on Portswood Road, it has been questioned as to whether another Supermarket is required.
Lib Dem group leader and ward councillor Adrian Vinson said the scheme would damage Portswood. He said, “there’s virtually unanimous hostility to the proposal. I’m very concerned that we keep a thriving and diverse centre, which is difficult enough in this economic climate. [That many supermarkets] is clearly far more than is needed to meet local demand. It’ll mean fewer spaces being chased by more vehicles, and it’s bad news for the other businesses in the district centre.”
An announcement on whether Lidl is given planning permission is expected to be decided at Southampton City Council in the next month or two.
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