Lidl’s Boston plan welcomed but fears raised over site

Lidl plans for Tawney Street.
Lidl plans for Tawney Street.

Budget supermarket Lidl wants to open a store in Boston - but fears have been raised about its chosen site.

Lidl has submitted plans to Boston Borough Council for the former Boston Bedworld site in Tawney Street.

The shop would be 1,723 sq m with 64 parking spaces, two disabled bays and three parent and child spaces.

A statement from the store said: “Lidl UK can confirm it is to open a new store on Tawney Street in Boston in late 2015.

“The new branch, located in the town centre’s business district, will allow us to provide the people of Boston with our great range of quality products at the lowest prices, while creating up to 40 new jobs.

“We look forward to welcoming new and existing Lidl customers to the opening of the new store next year.”

The site will be next to Parkside Surgery and opposite Listers Toyota car dealership.

The design and access statement said the application will ‘form part of the developing town centre increasing the retail variety on offer within the town of Boston’.

The design document has been drawn up by GVA on behalf of Lidl UK.

The picture above is an indicative picture of the plans.

Coun Carol Taylor, who represents the Witham ward which includes Tawney Street, said: “It’s good to give people more choice and I have got no objection to Lidl but it is absolutely 1,000 per cent in the wrong place.”

Coun Taylor feels that, in its current location, the plan would create severe traffic congestion, adding: “When it is being built it is going to be catastrophic.

Harry Drury, of Boston area Chamber of Commerce , said it was positive that a new store was coming to the area and creating jobs.

He said: “It’s good to hear that new jobs and construction opportunities are coming to Boston, and it’s encouraging to see a national organisation such as Lidl showing confidence in the local economy. Building a store, appointing a construction firm, setting up supply chains and recruiting up to 40 new members of staff shows that the supermarket has long-term plans to stay in Boston.

“Having said this, every effort must be made to ensure that the plans are delivered in partnership with existing businesses; and on behalf of our Chamber members I urge the planners and developers to engage with the local business community to make sure that the new development enhances what Boston already offers its residents and visitors.”