LINTHORPE SITE: Middlesbrough councillor has launched a petition against Lidl
Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald and Linthorpe councillor Philippa Storey at the former Northern School or Art Campus where Lidl wants to build a new site, Image Friends of Linthorpe
A Middlesbrough councillor has launched a petition against Lidl after the store revealed plans for a site in Linthorpe.
The petition, set up by Cllr Philippa Storey, has been online since Wednesday, November 10 and it has already received more than 1,200 signatures.
Last week, the supermarket felled trees at the former Northern School of Art campus where it hopes to build a new supermarket.
The petition states: “We the undersigned petition the council to do the following: To refuse any planning permission requested for a supermarket on the old CCAD site on the corner of Green Lane/Roman Road, Linthorpe.
“The old CCAD site is not a suitable site for a supermarket. It is in a highly residential area, on the boundary of a conservation area.
“The roads at the site are already heavily used with multiple accidents on Green Lane. Any supermarket on this site will have a huge detrimental impact on residents and the safety of those roads and their road users.”
Cllr Storey has said that she would be against any planning application submitted by Lidl for the Green Lane site.
Speaking about why she launched the petition, Cllr Storey said: “Until a formal planning application has been submitted and then formal letters of objection can be made, we felt that residents needed a vehicle to express how they feel about the removal of the trees and about a potential supermarket on the site.”
She added that the number of signatories shows the level of anger the community feel towards the supermarket.
Mayor Andy Preston has said that he did not think the site would be a good fit for a Lidl, while Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald has also spoken out and said that it was awful that Middlesbrough had lost such established trees.
Lidl said that it did not have a confirmed date for when it would be submitting a planning application but would be undertaking a thorough consultation with the local community.
Earlier this week, a spokesperson for the supermarket said: “We are pleased to confirm that we hope to bring a new Lidl store to the Linthorpe community following the purchase of the former Northern School of Art site on Green Lane.
“We would like to take the opportunity to provide reassurance that no trees with a preservation order have been felled since we acquired the site.
“Whilst some work has been carried out with support from an independent arboriculturist, we will be proposing a comprehensive planting scheme to mitigate the initial loss of any existing vegetation.
“We look forward to sharing our plans with the local community and closely consulting residents ahead of submitting a planning application.”
Words: Emily Craigie, Local Democracy Reporter
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