D-Day for Southampton Lidl depot proposal that could bring 400 jobs

Daily Echo: An artist's impression of the new Lidl depot near the M271. An artist's impression of the new Lidl depot near the M271.

IT is one of the most controversial planning issues in Southampton and could bring up to 400 jobs for the city.

Councillors will vote tomorrow whether a 43,000 square metre Lidl distribution centre on land next to the M271 motorway on the outskirts of Southampton should be given the green light.

The warehouse will allow Lidl to serve an area from Poole to Newbury and across to Brighton and will operate 24 hours a day.

The proposed plant will also see six houses being demolished to make way for the development which would stand up to 17 metres high on the current greenfield site south of Brownhill Way, near Adanac Park.

Lidl chiefs say the facility will create 300 full-time positions and 100 part-time posts, and they will be looking for a “local” workforce to fill as many of the positions as possible.

The jobs will include warehouse operatives, office administrators and transport and logistics jobs.

Business leaders in the city have voiced their support for the centre and the jobs boost it could bring to the city.

Business Solent chief executive Sally Lynskey said she welcomed the Lidl distribution centre saying the jobs are much needed.

She said: “At a time of so much economic uncertainty, it is crucial that a development such as this is given the green light – it will be a really positive piece of news for the region.”

However, objections to the planning application have been made by residents living nearby and Holy Family Primary School in Mansel Road West.

The school says the industrial estate near its boundary is “not the correct or safe environment” for a primary school.

The school also has concerns over lorries flowing through the area 24 hours a day, and the size of the centre.

Residents from Lower Brownhill Road and the surrounding area signed a 35-strong petition against the facility last year.

One of them, Ken Collins, 61, said: “The development is inappropriate and is on the wrong side of the motorway. We have got an industrial estate nearby so why not use that.”

Lidl chiefs moved quickly to allay the fears of the school and people living in the area.

They said they will make sure no lorries go past Holy Family Primary School, and added that more than six acres of landscaping work will be carried out along the full length of the site’s boundary to obscure views from all directions.

The council are keen for Lidl to put solar panels on the roof, and would like to negotiate a way in which it will benefit residents living nearby, through either cheaper electricity or a cooperative dividend scheme.

As the site extends over the authority boundary, the planning application has been lodged with both Southampton City and Test Valley Borough councils.

Officers from Southampton City Council have already recommended approval of the facility, and councillors will vote tomorrow.

Members of Test Valley Borough Council are expected to review it later this month.

Lidl signed a deal with Barker-Mill Estates which owns the land, last year.

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1:02pm Mon 14 Jan 13

G0Rf says...

Create 400 jobs? build it then!
PS as long as the jobs and the business rates etc go to southampton haha
Create 400 jobs? build it then! PS as long as the jobs and the business rates etc go to southampton haha G0Rf
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1:11pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Lone Ranger. says...

Build it !!
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The jobs are desperately needed.
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Investing in Southampton .... Great news ....... And the Blue Dinosaur wont be happy ....... again !!
Build it !! . The jobs are desperately needed. . Investing in Southampton .... Great news ....... And the Blue Dinosaur wont be happy ....... again !! Lone Ranger.
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1:31pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Keith Oftergrass says...

"35-strong petition against the facility"........you can't argue with such an overwhelming statement of public anger !!!!!!
"35-strong petition against the facility"........you can't argue with such an overwhelming statement of public anger !!!!!! Keith Oftergrass
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1:34pm Mon 14 Jan 13

mickey01 says...

lets have it great news for the area if we get it (mind you knowing this council it makes a change not to have a hotel attatched to it )
lets have it great news for the area if we get it (mind you knowing this council it makes a change not to have a hotel attatched to it ) mickey01
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2:30pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Outside of the Box says...

400 local people into employment,,,,has the world gone stark raving mad,,,why would anybody object to getting 400 off the unemployment line, build it and build it as soon as possible.
400 local people into employment,,,,has the world gone stark raving mad,,,why would anybody object to getting 400 off the unemployment line, build it and build it as soon as possible. Outside of the Box
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4:24pm Mon 14 Jan 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

In a way Lidl have filled the gap left by the demise of Woolworths, and their quality has improved since they first came on the scene, the location seems to tick most of the boxes, and if true the employment of 400 will be more than welcome.
In a way Lidl have filled the gap left by the demise of Woolworths, and their quality has improved since they first came on the scene, the location seems to tick most of the boxes, and if true the employment of 400 will be more than welcome. OSPREYSAINT
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6:06pm Mon 14 Jan 13

jade25 says...

LEts just hope the jobs do actualy go to the local community people... I'm sure Lidl is'nt a British run company....
LEts just hope the jobs do actualy go to the local community people... I'm sure Lidl is'nt a British run company.... jade25
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6:41pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Outside of the Box says...

jade25 wrote:
LEts just hope the jobs do actualy go to the local community people... I'm sure Lidl is'nt a British run company....
Of course they will be local, I cannot see people commuting from Germany (I believe Lidl is German) or were hinting at economical migrants living in Southampton,,,,who are now local?
[quote][p][bold]jade25[/bold] wrote: LEts just hope the jobs do actualy go to the local community people... I'm sure Lidl is'nt a British run company....[/p][/quote]Of course they will be local, I cannot see people commuting from Germany (I believe Lidl is German) or were hinting at economical migrants living in Southampton,,,,who are now local? Outside of the Box
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7:37pm Mon 14 Jan 13

jonnyx says...

bazzeroz wrote:
Lidl appear to be talking our language. All be it Polish, Czechoslovakian, Chinese, Oh! and some English. Good news comrade. I often shop at ASDA and wonder what country I'm in!
i read your comments and i often wonder what planet you're on.
[quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: Lidl appear to be talking our language. All be it Polish, Czechoslovakian, Chinese, Oh! and some English. Good news comrade. I often shop at ASDA and wonder what country I'm in![/p][/quote]i read your comments and i often wonder what planet you're on. jonnyx
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8:26pm Mon 14 Jan 13

geoff51 says...

Its right next to the motorway which makes it an ideal site.
Afew houses sacrificed in what to be perfectly honest no one in their right mind would want to live that close to the traffic noise seems a small price to pay.
Hopefully test valley will lead the way against the nimbys.
Its right next to the motorway which makes it an ideal site. Afew houses sacrificed in what to be perfectly honest no one in their right mind would want to live that close to the traffic noise seems a small price to pay. Hopefully test valley will lead the way against the nimbys. geoff51
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10:54pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Linesman says...

Give it the go-ahead, but make one of the conditions that they replace the houses that need to be demolished with twice the number of affordable houses.
Give it the go-ahead, but make one of the conditions that they replace the houses that need to be demolished with twice the number of affordable houses. Linesman
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7:03am Tue 15 Jan 13

SotonNorth says...

The school has concerns over lorries driving through the area? Aside from perhaps serving the Lidl in Shirley won't all lorries be going straight onto the M271? The way they're speaking you'd think they are diverting all the lorries down the narrow country lane past the school gates and then through the heart of the housing estate.

Residents also question why the distribution centre isn't built the other side of the motorway in the industrial estate. Well, maybe if there was the space they would!
The school has concerns over lorries driving through the area? Aside from perhaps serving the Lidl in Shirley won't all lorries be going straight onto the M271? The way they're speaking you'd think they are diverting all the lorries down the narrow country lane past the school gates and then through the heart of the housing estate. Residents also question why the distribution centre isn't built the other side of the motorway in the industrial estate. Well, maybe if there was the space they would! SotonNorth
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