Proposed Site Plan
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Design and Layout
The proposed food store is designed to a high standard and will incorporate energy efficient building management systems and measures to maximise operational efficiency. This is key to Lidl’s business model so that it can pass these savings on to you, the customer.
The store has a gross internal area of 2,125 sqm, with 1,325 sqm of this being the sales floor. The proposed sales floor provides wide aisles, an attractive modern layout, in-store bakery and customer WC.
The building uses high quality materials within a simple and modern design. The proposed materials have been carefully changed to reflect the character of the area. A canopy provides design interest as well as shelter to the customer entrance (which is on the north-west corner of the building) and to the proposed cycle storage and trolley bays.
The site will be regraded so that gradients across the car park and from Grove Road will allow for ease of access for disabled customers and for those with shopping trolleys. This has the effect of setting the eastern boundary and most of the southern boundary below existing ground level, reducing the relative height of the building when viewed from a distance.
Significant space around the site boundaries will accommodate a variety of planting types to provide a high-quality landscaped setting for the development. The landscaping proposals include shrub and tree planting, using native and ornamental species.
The development will be supported by 128 free car parking spaces for customers, including 8 disabled spaces and 8 parent & child spaces. 6 cycle stands are also proposed close to the entrance, providing storage space for 12 bikes.
Following detailed discussions with Oxfordshire County Council and the Vale of White Horse District Council, the proposed access has been changed. Access to the store is now taken directly from Grove Road, rather than Elms Business Park access road. This is an important change and responds directly to the concerns raised by consultees. The junction is designed so that it can accommodate Lidl’s staff, customer and servicing requirements, including allowing for two-way traffic simultaneously.
Pedestrian access is also proposed adjacent to the pedestrian crossing on Grove Road and will be level for ease of access to the store entrance. This will also provide access from the existing cycle route on Grove Road.
It is proposed that the retail store will be open between the hours of:
- 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday; and
- 10am to 4pm Sunday.
Benefits of the Proposed Development
The development of the site will provide the following benefits:
- A modern and purpose-built store that will incorporate Lidl’s very latest internal layout and which will provide a high-quality shopping experience for its customers.
- A new Discount Food store, which will add to consumer choice and provide for weekly and day-to-day shopping needs for residents of Grove and Wantage.
- A modern and energy efficient building with a contemporary and bespoke design utilising high-quality materials specifically chosen for this store in this location.
- 40 new long-term jobs for local people.
- £9m of investment in both Grove and Wantage
- Free surface level car parking.
- A dedicated in-store bakery.