Lidl are back
08/03/2016 09:20:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
For those local residents who hoped that the emphatic rejection on appeal of the application for a Lidl foodstore on the site of the former Good Companions pub would mean they would give up, I have bad news.
A new application has been received for not just a food store, but a two storey building, including 4 two bed appartments. I haven't yet studied the application in detail, but it is hard to see how this can be much of an improvement!
The main difference between this application and the previous one is that Lidl has done a deal with the owners of the two closest houses on Tithepit Shaw Lane to include their land in the application. This means they can reconfigure the access so that you enter the site on Limpsfield Road but exit, via a 'one way' system onto Tithepit Shaw Lane. Given that this exit is opposite Hamsey Green Primary School, that's not very reassuring. It is interesting that in the application's Planning Statement they append the pre-application letter from Croydon Council (20 Jan) in which the council highlights that 'the safety concerns epxressed by the appeal inspector.....have not been adequately addressed'.
A further change is the increased massing caused by the creation of the four flats apparently to 'replace' the lost housing.
Details of the new application can be found here.
Given the significance of this site in the locality and its likely impact on roads and school access, I would urge residents to use the council processes to lodge their views, whether for or against.