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Is Lidl coming to Lydney? Plans for 'discount foodstore' submitted for site on the outskirts of town

Lydney could be about to get its own branch of Lidl or Aldi if plans submitted to the Forest of Dean District Council come into fruition.

A screening application has been filed with the authority to see if an Environmental Impact Assessment is required for what is being called a mixed use retail development to the south of the town.

The site earmarked for development is on Lydney Park Boulevard, sandwiched between the JD Norman factory and the A48.

Because it is only a screening application - the first of many hoops that have to be passed through before building can begin - firm details of who would occupy the site have not been disclosed.

But the EIA Screening Opinion Request filed by London-based Planning Potential does give some detail about what the 1.75 hectare site would contain.

It said: "The proposals are for a new mixed-use development, including a discount foodstore of 1,786 sqm gross internal area (1,315 sqm net sales floor space.

It added that there would be "two additional units suitable for trade counter / retail, sui generis and employment uses comprising 559sqm and 1,043sqm gross internal area respectively.

"The development proposals will be supported by a total of 220 car parking spaces."

The site is classified as brownfield land and the statement said its proximity to existing developments and it being "well connected in terms of existing transport network" are plus points for the plans.

Lidl have recently secured planning permission for an extension to their existing Cinderford stoer and for building a new store in Coleford.

They also submitted plans - which were duly rejected by Herefordshire Council - for a store build on a similar brownfield site in Ross-on-Wye.

Lydney currently has a Tesco store on the High Street and a branch of Midcounties Cooperative on Newerne Street.

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