Controversial bid for longer opening hours at new Lidl in Northamptonshire approved

The new Lidl store being built in Newton Road, Rushden NNL-151029-134100001
The new Lidl store being built in Newton Road, Rushden NNL-151029-134100001

A new Lidl branch which is due to open next week will stay open for longer after its application was approved last night.

The store in Newton Road, Rushden, is getting ready to open its doors to customers on Thursday, November 12.

Bosses had originally planned to open from 8am to 9pm from Monday to Saturday, but just days before trading started decided to extend its opening hours to 7am to 10pm.

And after being considered by East Northants councillors at a planning meeting on Wednesday, November 4, the application was granted – subject to two conditions.

The store must not take deliveries before 7am or after 9pm.

Also, the western end of the car park shall not be illuminated after 9.10pm.

The application drew five objections, with concerns including impact on residential amenity, no reason to extend the opening hours in a quiet residential area and concern about further degeneration of Rushden.

The report discussed by councillors also contained the views of Northamptonshire Police, which stated: “The original application hours were seriously considered for such a location and it was decided no reference would be made regarding anti-social behaviour at that time.

“It is now considered that the additional hours proposed are unsuitable for an area where residential properties are in close proximity both in terms of noise and other anti-social behaviour issues.

“It is considered these proposed hours would have a material adverse impact on the amenity of nearby residents.”