Fourth supermarket would give residents ‘real choice’
A new Lidl supermarket and a hotel could be built
in Portishead – on land earmarked for a park and ride for the town’s long-awaited railway link.
A planning application has been submitted to North Somerset Council to build a new 25,000sq ft Lidl supermarket and a 60-bedroom Travelodge on land at Harbour Road.
Part of the site was previously used by the Harbourside Medical Practice, which has relocated to the new Marina Healthcare Centre, while the other section is earmarked for use as a park and ride when the Portishead railway link opens.
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Developers behind the scheme say the park and ride will be kept as part of the project and the 48 car parking spaces re-allocated elsewhere on the site.
The new store, which would be just a few hundred metres from the existing Waitrose supermarket, would have 109 car parking spaces for shoppers.
If plans are agreed, the hotel and discount store would create 50 new full and part-time jobs and it is hoped to recruit many staff locally.
The scheme has been drawn up by Cardiff-based planning consultant DPP.
In a letter to the council, agent DPP said: “The retail unit will provide an opportunity for Portishead to improve the range and choice of its retail offer, which will assist in promoting the vitality and viability of the town centre.
“The additional unit is also likely to result in more people visiting Portishead to undertake their shopping with spin-off benefits for existing retailers and service providers.
“The provision of a new hotel will improve the quality of tourist facilities and the attractiveness of Portishead to tourists and business
visitors, while also supporting
the regeneration and the vitality and viability of the town centre.”
The news that Lidl wants to open a store in the town comes just weeks after Sainsbury’s revealed plans to build a 30,000sq ft store at Serbert Road. The store would have a bakery, customer restaurant, recycling centre and a 338-space car park.
There are also plans to open a new fuel station as part of the development with supermarket bosses actively looking for a suitable site in the town. Portishead already has a Waitrose store, which opened in June 2003 and a Co-operative store at Wyndham Way.
The town has grown massively over the last several years as a result of new housing developments at the marina and the eastern part of Portishead.
The current population is around 22,000, but this is expected to rise to around 30,000 when all the developments are complete – making Portishead the second largest town in North Somerset.
New businesses have also been attracted to the town, including Pets At Home, Dreams, New Look and Peacocks, which opened stores last year in a former industrial unit at Old Mill Road.
Furniture giant Arthur Llewellyn Jenkins has also submitted plans to build a new warehouse and store at Wyndham Way.
Town leaders have welcomed the plans for the store and hotel, but have stressed that the park and ride must remain as part of any development of the site. Portishead Town Council chairman, Councillor David Pasley, said: “I think to have a Lidl store in Portishead would give residents a real choice of where to do their shopping without having to go out of the town.
“The hotel is a welcome addition because there is a real need for accommodation and conference facilities.
“However, it is essential that the park and ride facility which has been earmarked on that site for when the railway reopens is retained.”
North Somerset Council planners are due to make a decision on the plans by the end of March.