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Supermarket store Lidl receives permission to start work on former Hornchurch Mecca Bingo site

PUBLISHED: 10:14 17 March 2017

An artist impression of Lidl's plans for the former Mecca Bingo building, Hornchurch   /Credit: Lidl

An artist impression of Lidl's plans for the former Mecca Bingo building, Hornchurch /Credit: Lidl

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Construction work of a supermarket on the site of a former cinema has been given the green light.

A unanimous decision was made by the regulatory services committee when members met at the town hall last night, to allow food chain Lidl to start building its store in High Street, Hornchurch.

The controversial plan to knock down the former Mecca Bingo hall was greeted with hundreds of protesting residents but to their dismay, planning committee members gave the go ahead for the building to be knocked down in September.

The decision to permit Lidl, who owns the site, to start work was deferred for a second time last month with councillors wanting developers to redesign plans for access into the supermarket.

Lidl received permission to demolish the building last year and was hoping to build a new discount store sooner rather than later.

Permission was granted last night on the condition that CCTV would be used to enforce no right turns being made by drivers going into or out of the site to resolve the issue of traffic in the town centre.

The date of when work will begin on the new Lidl has not yet been confirmed.

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