BP garage to make way for Lidl store?

PUBLISHED: 14:32 07 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 15 June 2010

AS Tesco and Aldi bid for new food stores in Honiton, a third supermarket chain has outlined its plans for a new outlet in the town.

AS Tesco and Aldi bid for new food stores in Honiton, a third supermarket chain has outlined its plans for a new outlet in the town.Lidl is seeking planning permission to build a supermarket on a site currently occupied by Heathpark Service Station, off Exeter Road.As your Herald went to press, Honiton Town Council's planning committee was due to consider Lidl's plans - along with revised proposals for an Aldi store on a site occupied by Slades Countrywise. Visit the Herald's website to find out what the recommendations were.In a major, full application, submitted to East Devon District Council, Lidl outlines plans to demolish the BP petrol station and convenience store and erect a food store and associated parking.The company has told East Devon District Council in its application: "There are currently no deep discount food stores within Honiton. "A Lidl neighbourhood food store would provide choice and competition."The vitality and viability of the town centre would not be affected by our proposal. "The Lidl food store concept, with its limited range, highlights that the store will complement rather than threaten the traditional high street mix."A transport assessment, produced by JMP Consulting, concludes the proposed development will not affect the safety or integrity of the local road network.Lidl says: "We are, of course, aware of the issues with capacity at the Turks Head junction and Lidl have undertaken all surveys required by the Highways Agency. "The impact of the proposed development on this junction is certainly minimal when compared with the potential impacts of other retail schemes proposed within the area. "Despite this, and on the basis of a Highways Agency request, Lidl have designed an improvement solution for the junction."If Heathpark Service Station is demolished, petrol supplies in Honiton will be confined to Tesco and Honiton Garage.

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