Decision on plans for new Lidl store on Ipswich's Futura Park delayed after item removed from planning committee agenda at short notice
Approval for a new Lidl store in Ipswich was scrubbed from the agenda at Ipswich’s planning committee at zero hour on Wednesday, delaying a decision by at least a month.
An application by Aquigen to build a new Lidl store in Futura Park – opposite its current Ravenswood home in Nacton Road – had been recommended for approval by planning officers ahead of the item coming before Wednesday’s planning and development committee at Ipswich Borough Council.
But the item was removed from the agenda at short notice, with committee chair Sandra Gage informing the committee it “has been deferred to allow further discussions around the proposed legal agreement”.
The recommendation had stressed that planning approval would be conditional on a legal agreement being signed to ensure either an alternative use for the existing store or a financial contribution to upgrade the current unit within six months.
It is not yet clear what the nature of the additional discussions will be around or when the item will return for a decision, but the earliest it could return is the borough council’s next planning committee at the end of August.
The current Lidl store is smaller than many of its shops elsewhere, and wanted to move to a vacant plot of 0.9hectares in Futura Park.
Planning documents suggested turnover from goods would increase by more than £4million on its current figures at the Nacton Road site if approval for a new store was granted.