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Lidl told it can rebuild 'barn-like' premises in Limavady

German supermarket chain Lidl looks set to go ahead with a plan to demolish and rebuild its 'barn-like' store in Limavady.
German supermarket chain Lidl looks set to go ahead with a plan to demolish and rebuild its 'barn-like' store in Limavady.
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

German supermarket chain Lidl looks set to go ahead with a plan to demolish and rebuild its 'barn-like' store in Limavady.

The discount chain was originally granted permission for a similar scheme in October 2016.

An updated version of the proposal was signed off by planners at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council last week.

It will see the retailer knock down its existing premises along with two neighbouring retail units on Main Street close to the town's Tesco store.

Lidl originally built the Limavady supermarket in 2000, opting for a barn-like appearance in a supposed attempt to be sympathetic to the character of the rural Co Londonderry town.

In a report submitted to the council in February on behalf of Lidl, consultants MBA Planning admitted that the supermarket had failed in this regard.

"The department's townscape appraisal of Limavady town centre in August 2003 refers to its poor design and states that its does not reflect the scale and proportion of the historic townscape."

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A report produced by planning officials at the council described the design of the existing Limavady store as "a modern pastiche".

It reveals that concerns over the new design prompted requests for Lidl to adjust its overall design before approval was granted.

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