Plymouth shop's delivery hours extension bid is refused
AN APPLICATION from a superstore in Plymstock to extend its delivery hours has been refused by the local authority because it is likely to have "an adverse affect" on nearby residents.
German food store Lidl, on Horn Cross Road, submitted a planning application to Plymouth City Council to alter its delivery times. But it was met with a tide of opposition from local residents.
The shop is currently allowed to receive deliveries between 8am and 8pm Monday to Saturday and between 11am and 5pm on Sundays.
But it had requested to be allowed to extend those times to between 6am and 10pm Monday to Saturday and between 9am and 8pm on Sundays.
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The Herald reported that many residents in the surrounding area had written to the council with their fears, which included excess noise at unfavourable hours and not being able to have windows open due to pollution from the lorries.
Kate Saunders, case officer for the council, has now made the decision to refuse the superstore's application.
Her report stated that seven letters of representation had been received from properties in Lands Park which raised issues such as noise nuisance and health implications.
The report said: "Planning records show that four enforcement cases have been opened in recent years surrounding the issue of deliveries to the store. This would indicate that residents have already suffered as a result of the existing delivery regime at the store which does not support the application to extend the delivery window."
The main reason for refusal was the fact that it would be "detrimental to the neighbouring amenity", the report found.
Councillor Mike Leaves, for the Plymstock Radford ward, said he had dealt with a number of complaints from nearby residents regarding the stores deliveries over the years. He said: "I fully support the decision made by the case officer. I have had various complaints about deliveries in the area. Lidl should just stick to the conditions that were agreed originally and I'm pleased they haven't been allowed to extend those times."
Lidl were unavailable for comment.