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Harold Hill councillor objects to Lidl store on grounds of residents' privacy and traffic problems being 'virtually ignored'

PUBLISHED: 12:16 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:16 23 November 2016

The site in Gooshays Drive where the supermarket development is proposed. Picture: Google Maps.

The site in Gooshays Drive where the supermarket development is proposed. Picture: Google Maps.

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The construction of a 1,661sqm Lidl supermarket has been criticised after the budget supermarket chain was given the green light to start building.

The store which is planned for the former site of the Harold Hill police station in Gooshays Drive, was approved by councillors last Thursday at the council’s Regulatory Services meeting.

Lidl sent Havering Council revised plans last month for a 1,661sqm store with 55 parking spaces after planning permission was previously granted for a smaller store.

Leader of the council’s UKIP group, Cllr Lawrence Webb, who represents the Gooshays ward, says many are in favour of a Lidl supermarket being built, but he claims the size is just too big for the area.

Cllr Webb believes that plans to raise the store for parking below will have an adverse affect on residents’ privacy with shoppers being able to see into people’s bedrooms.

He said: “Even those most affected by the Lidl store don’t object to there being a store there, but it is the size of the store and the fact that having raised it, people will be able to see directly into bedrooms from the trading floor.

“The impact of both traffic and parking has also virtually been ignored as has the impact on the shops in Farnham Road.

“None of the councillors on the planning committee represent this ward and so have no real understanding of the problems therein.”

The Metropolitan Police have also expressed concerns that the level of parking could lead to overspill on nearby roads and give rise to conflicts between neighbours.

Further concerns have also been raised about the possible increase in anti-social behaviour due to the openness of the car parking area under the building.

Cllr Webb would now like to see Section 106 money spent on providing more free parking spaces.

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