New £10million Lidl approved for Tilbury

Plans for a £10million Lidl supermarket in Tilbury have been approved, following overwhelming support from residents.

Work can now begin on the budget supermarket on a green belt site at Bumbles Yard, St Chads Road.

The new store is set to create 40 new jobs, 80 per cent of which will be for local people. More than 200 residents supported for the scheme.

At a planning committee meeting on Tuesday, resident Craig Austin, chairman of the Tilbury Community Forum, said there had been exceptional resident engagement from Lidl which had carried out a public consultation.

Mr Austin said: “The forum fully supports this application. We don’t recall a project in Tilbury with this level of public support. There have been hundreds of letters of support and 96 per cent of those who responded were in favour of the proposal.

“One of the primary reasons our forum supports this application is the considerable economic benefits to our town. This investment that Lidl is proposing is going to create 40 new jobs in Tilbury and we already have local people expressing an interest in those jobs.”

Mr Austin said the supermarket had competitive starting wages and no zero hours contract.

He added: “The application is also going deliver a much needed discount shopping option for Tilbury. The level of public support this application has received highlights that need.

“Many residents are struggling with the cost of living and as a value for money retailer with a proven track record of working with their communities Lidl’s pricing model will be a great help to the residents.”

Councillors also welcomed the scheme, Sue Shinnick, Labour councillor for South Chafford, said: “I think it’s a great scheme and it’s bringing 40 jobs to Tilbury. The residents are all for it and I think it’s something we should go along with.

”It’s about time Tilbury had some good stuff.”

Steve Liddiard, Labour councillor for Tilbury St Chad, added: “It’s going to make a huge difference to the economic situation in Tilbury. It could reduce shopping bills by 20 to 25 per cent so that’s extremely welcome.

I know a part of the site is green belt, but I believe there are special circumstances that outweigh the harm to the green belt.”

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Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter