WORK is soon set to commence on the new Lidl food store based in Shoreham after the final set of legal documents were signed this week.
The news was broken about the future of the Brighton Road development over social media by Adur district councillor Emma Evans.
It will mean the demolition of two existing units on the Malthouse Trading Estate, replacing them with a new 60m x 30m building and 97 parking spaces.
Councillor Emma Evans has since welcomed the update.
Speaking to the Herald, she said: “I think, to be honest, it’s been shown that there is room for a new budget supermarket in Adur.
“Myself and a lot of other people go to Aldi in Portslade and it will be quite nice to have one now closer to home.”
She added: “This will certainly give Tesco something to think about.”
The new Lidl store application was unanimously agreed by councillors sitting on Adur District Council’s planning committee in August, last year.
At that meeting, James Appleton, head of planning and regeneration, said the site was just under a mile from Shoreham town centre.
However, despite its proximity he felt the plan was not likely to impact on the shops in either Shoreham or Southwick, because it would run on a ‘deep discount format’, selling only bulk items and limited lines.
It would also create employment for 40 staff, 35 of them part time and five full-time.
Mr Appleton told councillors during that debate that the store would be a fairly standard, functional design, which tended to be used by the discount retailers.
However there would be space for public art along the frontage, to improve the look, and tree planting along Brighton Road.
A package of improvements totalling somewhere in the region of £150,000 would include landscaping, transport contributions and air quality monitoring.
Reaction to this week’s announcement was mixed over Facebook.
Commenting on The New Shoreham-by-Sea Group, Jill Busson described the news as ‘fab’, with Jane Young agreeing, saying it was ‘great’. Angie Letteboer also supported the plans, and commented: “Now this IS good news.”
However, others were less than convinced.
Mike Dinsdale wrote: “Is it good news? Another supermarket? Hmmm not sure it is.”
To view details on the plan, see www. adur-worthing.gov.uk and search for planning application AWDM/0431/14.