STATUS: Consultation

ADDRESS: St Andrew's Avenue, Colchester CO4 3BG

Lidl are committed to public consultation and we are therefore delighted to be able to provide members of the local community with an overview of the proposed development. This website enables you to view the public consultation leaflet, which was recently sent to local addresses, as well as download the most recent plans for the site.


The site is located to the south of St Andrew’s Avenue and to the east of Ipswich Road and the railway line, and is currently occupied by Homebase. The site is roughly triangular in shape, with the retail unit occupying the north western part of the site.

Lidl propose to develop a new store on the site, which will feature an attractive, single storey glazed frontage to St Andrew’s Avenue, with the car park extending to the north, east and south of the store. The new store will extend to 2,125 sq. metres gross internal area (GIA), with a net retail sales area of 1,325 sq. metres. The new store will feature a dedicated in-store bakery close to the main entrance. The delivery bay will be located to the north of the store.

The new Lidl store will provide the following benefits to the local area:

  • A brand new store that will provide a clean and fresh shopping experience to meet the needs of customers;
  • A contemporary building design that will complement the surrounding area;
  • A dedicated in-store bakery;
  • Employment opportunities for local residents; and
  • Living Wage Foundation rate for all eligible employees and no zero hours contacts.

The existing access will be retained from St Andrew’s Avenue along the site’s eastern boundary. The car park will provide a total of 202 standard parking spaces, with 7 disabled spaces, and 8 parent and child spaces, which will be positioned close to the customer entrance.

Dedicated pedestrian access will be provided from St Andrew’s Avenue to the east of the site. Bicycle parking will be provided under the entrance canopy on the eastern elevation, close to the store entrance and pedestrian access route.

It is proposed that the store will be open between the hours of:

  • 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday (including Bank Holidays); and
  • 10am to 4pm Sunday.

Normally there will be a maximum of two HGV deliveries to the store per day. All store waste will be collected at the same time as the deliveries, therefore minimising HGV movements within the site.

For more information, please view the full brochure via the adjacent ‘download PDF’ button.

Opportunity to comment

We have recently posted 2,571 leaflets to local residents and businesses surrounding the site to inform the local community of the proposal. The leaflet included a pre-paid response card inviting comments.

Local residents have also been invited to attend a public exhibition on Monday 30th April at Oak Tree Centre, Acorn Hall, 252 Harwich Road, Colchester, CO4 3DH from 1.30pm to 6.30pm.

If you would like to provide any comments by email, please write to

Alternatively, if you would prefer to submit your comments in writing, please use the following address:

Lidl Colchester
Rapleys LLP
55 Spring Gardens
M2 2BY

We would welcome your comments on our proposal by 7th May 2018 as all feedback received will be taken into consideration when finalising the design proposal.

We hope to submit a planning application for the site to Colchester Borough Council by the end of May 2018.


Scheme Plan – click here

Consultation leaflet – click here

Elevation Plan – click here