Lidl has been given the conditional go-ahead to extend its supermarket in North Walsham - but only if the firm agrees not to cover the current red bricks with a white finish.

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North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) planning councillors believe white would be out of keeping with the nearby Conservation Area and, in the words of North Walsham member Vivienne Uprichard, the finish would be: “an open invitation to graffiti artists.”

NNDC’s development committee unanimously approved the Yarmouth Road store’s application, subject to conditions recommended in an officers’ report covering hedging, fencing, time limits for deliveries and store opening, and provision of cycle parking.

If Lidl do not agree to the added condition, about keeping the red bricks, the application will be reconsidered by the committee.

The plan would see a front extension into the car park, and a rear extension using parts of the gardens of numbers two and three Farman Avenue. Lidl is also negotiating with Norfolk County Council to buy part of its fire station land, adjoining the car park.

Members heard that the plan represented an investment of more than £1m in the store and would create three extra jobs. The store size would increase by 249sq m to 1,056sq m.

Yarmouth Road neighbour Edward Joyce spoke against the plan at the meeting. His objections included the white render, noise nuisance and he warned of an increase in existing traffic congestion around the store, plus more shoppers parking in Farman Avenue.

Lidl wants to cover the bricks in a white render, matching its sister store in Cromer.

But North Walsham councillor Peter Moore said: “Retailers all want to put their stamp on their stores - they have all got to be the same - but I think local character is important. This is just across the road from the Conservation Area - I can’t accept this.”

7 comments

  • Whats the point in building an extension with the risk of a helicopter crashing into it, let alone changing the colour of the bricks.

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    getalife

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • North walsham has local character? Really since when? Every shop in town is completely different from its neighbour .i think the councillors are just trying to input their fourpennyworth

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    Reader

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • What conservation area would that be then - The Telephone Exchange, The Fire Station, Roys (inc the delivery area), The Post Office, Farman Avenue. - they're having a laugh.

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    DAVID WILLGRESS

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Vivienne Uprichard (what a great name) obviously doesn't realise spray paint these days works just as well on bare brick. At least if the bricks are already painted white it's a lot easier and cheaper to paint over the graffiti than to get it specially removed from the bare brick.

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    Greg F

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Since when has the Lidl site been a conservation area? I remember the old Black Cat garage that sat there for years and what an eye sore it was. I think some people just have to object to progress because they can.

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    KeithS

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • Usual rubbish being spouted by the laughable North Walsham councillors, never mind we have the final say as to whether they get re-elected or not. They are just trying to outdo the Cromer councillors who objected to Iceland. Sad people trying to justify there own existence and expenses.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • The bricks can be any colour they like as long as its not Green! We're already oversubscribed with Green Lunacy round here!

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    Windless

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

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