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Lidl wants to build its largest UK store in west Cumbria

Supermarket chain Lidl wants to build its largest UK store in Cumbria.

Lidl graphic
Artist's impression of the Maryport store

The company is to launch a public consultation on its proposal for a 2,500 square metre store which it has earmarked for Milltoft, off Curzon Street, Maryport.

It would create 30 jobs plus construction employment. It would be opened next year, subject to planning permission.

A rugby pitch and two football pitches on the proposed site would be repositioned.

The land is owned by Allerdale council and, if the project goes ahead, it would be sold to Lidl as part of a deal being managed by Allerdale Investment Partnership. The initiative was established to enable the council to dispose of surplus assets and deliver development opportunities.

A planning application will be submitted to the council by the partnership in September following community consultation.

Two drop-in sessions will be held at The Wave Centre in Maryport on Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11, from 1pm to 7pm. Leaflets are being sent to households and businesses to gauge opinion.

Allerdale council leader Alan Smith said: “We hope that by bringing a massive name like Lidl to Maryport, Allerdale Investment Partnership will make the town even more of a destination for shoppers.

“Research shows that over two thirds of the town’s residents currently make the journey to other West Cumbrian towns for their supermarket shop.

“The aim is to keep them shopping in the town, not just at Lidl but also at the wide range of other businesses there.

“Sports clubs who use the existing site, along with those who cross the field on foot, will still be well catered for, with properly marked pitches and a safe pedestrian route.

“At the information sessions, members of the project team, AIP and Lidl will be available to answer questions.”

Leaflets about the proposals will shortly be available from all council offices and The Wave Centre in Maryport. Alternatively, email maryportfoodstore@nlpplanning.com or call Amanda Brocklehurst on 0191 261 5685.

The initial consultation will end on August 27.

Have your say

I think this is the best thing to happen to Maryport in a LONG time. It will bring prosperity, jobs and much needed competition to our other town's food store.

It won't replace anything, as I still envisage people using the Co-op for their own brand stuff and lottery etc, so not all will be lost, and we still have our locally produced meat, veg & bakery shops. Look at what The Original Factory Shop has done for our town!

What's not to like?!

I say a very big Aye to this planning, bring it on Lidl and Allerdale :)

Maryport Through The Ages.

Posted by Maryport Through The Ages on 2 August 2014 at 18:39

i think it would be a very good idea and that maryport will blomm again at the moment we do not have enough variety (shopwise)and maryport is losing out on a big scale being such a lovely harbour town.(we own the shop called little world foods in maryport)

Posted by river zichem on 2 August 2014 at 11:58

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