STATUS: Consultation

ADDRESS: Furthergate Works, St Clement Street, Blackburn, BB1 1AB

The site is located directly south of the A678 arterial road that leads into Blackburn Town Centre.

The site is accessed off St Clement Street and is currently used as the premises for Fix Auto Blackburn, which is relocating to more suitable site within the locality.  This site is predominately rectangular and extends to approximately 0.67 ha.

The surrounding area is characterised by a mixture of use types.   Beyond the A678 to the north is mainly typified as a commercial area.  To the west, St Thomas C of E Primary School and associated playing field are situated.  The rest of the area to the south and east primarily comprises of residential dwellings.

The Proposal

Lidl propose to develop a new store on the site, which will feature an attractive, single storey glazed frontage to the west, with the car park extending to the north and west of the store.  The new store will extend to 1,794 sqm gross internal area, with a net retail sales area of 1,104 sqm. The store will feature a dedicated in-store bakery close to the main entrance and customer toilet facilities.  The delivery bay will be located to the east of the store.

The existing access will be retained from St Clement Street along the site’s western boundary.  The car park will provide 101 standard parking spaces in total, with 6 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 Clement Street to the west, giving direct access to the store entrance through the car park.  Bicycle and motorcycle parking will be provided under the entrance canopy, 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 one HGV delivery to the store per day from peak retail times in the year.  All store waste will be collected at the same time as the deliveries, therefore minimising HGV movements within the site.

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

  • Career opportunities for local residents;
  • A multi million pound investment in Blackburn’s economy;
  • Supply chain opportunities for local companies;
  • Living Wage Foundation rate for all eligible staff;
  • A brand new store that will provide a clean and fresh shopping experience to meet the needs of customers;
  • A dedicated in-store bakery; and
  • A contemporary building design that will complement the surrounding area.

Opportunity to comment

We hope you can attend our exhibition and that you find it useful and informative to meet with the Lidl team.  However, if you are unable to make it on the day, our proposals are available to view online here.

We would welcome your comments on our proposal by Wednesday 17 October 2018, as all feedback received will be taken into consideration when finalising the design proposal.

Please provide your feedback by completing the form below and returning this to us in the pre-paid envelope

You can also write to us using the following email address:

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

Lidl Furthergate
Rapleys LLP
55 Spring Gardens
M2 2BY

Please support our proposal by signing our online petition:

We will consider all feedback returned to us and, where possible appropriate, use it to make changes to our plans.

We hope to submit a planning application for the site to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in October 2018.


Feedback form – download here

Site plan – download here

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