Anchorsholme Lidl resubmits plan to demolish houses

Plans by Lidl to knock down two houses in Anchorsholme to extend its car park were thrown out last year - but the retailer is trying again with a new application.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 8:43 am

Lidl had applied to Blackpool Council last year for permission to bulldoze two detached properties, two Cherrywood Avenue and six Anchorsholme Lane West, both of which are owned by the supermarket.

The retailer wanted to add 17 extra parking spaces to its store in Anchorsholme, and now new demolition site notices have been posted on the properties.

The plans were thrown out by Town Hall planners in November, amid fears the scheme would damage the character of the area, and they concluded that not enough evidence was put forward to prove the existing 81 spaces were insufficient to meet demand.

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Anchorsholme Lidl wants to knock down two houses to extend its car park. Photo: Daniel Martino for JPI Media

Lidl was also criticised by planners for previously demolishing properties next to its Bloomfield Road store in South Shore, while failing to develop the land and leaving it an eyesore.

But the new demolition plans are for "the redevelopment of the properties," with the intention of carrying it out between June 7 and July 16.

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"We have worked closely with the former tenants to help relocate them to new accommodation, providing them with support throughout the process.

"We will continue to work with the local council regarding our new planning application and look forward to receiving a decision in due course."