Hamsey Green Lidl Appeal
29/04/2014 15:58:00......Posted by Tim Pollard
Today was the appointed day for the Hamsey Green Lidl store Appeal, where Lidl sought to overturn the Croydon Planning Committee's unanimous decision to refuse their food store application on the grounds of road safety. Essentially they are seeking to have entry and exit from the store car park onto Limpsfield Road opposite Ken's Autos & the Co-op and between Tithepit Shaw Lane and the service road for the parade.
The hearing opened at 10am at Fairfield Halls, and residents were represented by myself and Cllr Hale from Sanderstead ward and Cllr David Hodge from Warlingham division of Surrey Council with Cllr David Cooley from Tandridge District Council. A number of local residents also made their opinions known, as did a couple of Lidl supporters.
About two hours of discussion of the key issues took place at the Fairfield, upon which the meeting adjourned until 2pm, when it reconvened on site to enable the inspector to get a sense for the issues posed by having three schools in such close proximity. Having seen the issues at the Infants' school, with the parking congestion there, and then the secondary school 'bus rush', the Inspector formally closed proceedings, although he intends to be on site again for the evening rush hour.
I hope that the extended site visit will impress upon the Inspector that this is an already busy and congested location and that the imposition of an extra junction there would be fundamentally unsafe. we have now done all we can and the decision is in his hands.
We now have to wait around 3-4 weeks for a decision.