Toys Harlow photo

STATUS: Consultation

ADDRESS: Queensgate Centre, Edinburgh Way, Harlow CM20 2DA

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 Proposal

Lidl already have a store in Harlow at Staple Tye serving the south of the town. Lidl would like to open a new store at Queensgate Centre to serve its customers to the north of the town. The proposed new store will be in addition to its existing trading store. The vacant Toys R Us unit presents a unique opportunity to make the best use of existing retail floorspace to deliver the new store.

Queensgate Centre comprises a Decathlon, Currys PC World, Hobbycraft, Next Home, Cineworld Cinema, Pizza Hut, Chiquito and other shopping and associated facilities. It is a very popular and well established shopping location in Harlow. The immediate surrounding is predominantly commercial in nature with a range of retail and employment uses focused along Edinburgh Way (A14).

Working with The Crown Estate, owners of Queensgate Centre, Lidl propose to re-furbish part of the vacant Toys R Us unit for a new store extending to 1,951 sq m gross internal area, with a net sales area of 1,100 sq m. The new store will feature an in-store bakery close to the main entrance. The introduction of a Lidl foodstore will complement the existing shopping offer at Queensgate Centre and provide food shopping choice at an established location.

The proposals include a new attractive glazed frontage and works to the existing car parking to the front (shared with Chiquitos) to include a total of 148 standard spaces, comprising 12 disabled and 15 parent and child spaces positioned close to the customer entrance. 12 cycle parking spaces are proposed.

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;
  • Re-use of a vacant retail unit to improve the economic vitality of the area;
  • Employment opportunities for local residents; and
  • Living Wage Foundation rate for all eligible employees and no zero hours contacts.

Access to the store for customers will be via the existing access to Queensgate Centre from the main roundabout on Edinburgh Way. As is currently the case, service vehicles will share this access.

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 2,272 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 and Ward Councillors have also been invited to attend a public exhibition on Friday 9th November 2018 at Moot House, The Stow, Harlow, Essex, CM20 3AG, from 1pm to 6pm.

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 Harlow
Rapleys LLP
55 Spring Gardens
M2 2BY

We would welcome your comments on our proposal by 16th November 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 Harlow Council towards the end of November 2018.


Proposed site plan – download here

Leaflet – download here