lidl plans for empty Norton supermarket

Big chain announces its plan for empty Norton supermarket site

Lidl has announced plans to take over Norton’s former Co-op supermarket site.

The German discount chain wants to demolish the old store building, off the high street, and replace it with a new food store.

The Co-op closed last month after many years trading in the town, much to the dismay of its loyal customers.

The chain said the decision to sell up had “not been taken lightly” and was in no way a reflection of the hard work and commitment of colleagues.

Lidl will open after a “long period of redevelopment”.

The new 2,277 sq m store will have 99 parking spaces and EV charging points, with access from both the high street and Billingham Road.

It comes as Aldi starts work to rebuild its 20-year-old supermarket on Darlington Lane.

A screening application to Stockton Council on behalf of Lidl says the plans for the store and its “single storey nature” would result in “minimal local impacts” and would be similar in terms of use, design and scale to the existing unit on the site.

“Furthermore, the design of the store building will a muted and modest palette of materials and colours, which will minimise the visual impact,” it added.

“The proposal would result in the development of a brownfield site which was in use for convenience retail up until June 19, 2021.”

Andrew Wilkinson of CPNE acted for the Coop in the disposal of the retail store and land to Lidl Uk. The sale attracted competitive bidding from a number of operators and developers for retail and non retail uses.