Lidl set to take plunge at baths site


Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By HAN­NAH MITCHELL han­nah.mitchell@reach­ @Hana­mitchell

THE site of the for­mer Beechdale Swim­ming Cen­tre could be­come a Lidl with a drive-through cof­fee shop, cre­at­ing more than 40 jobs.

The bud­get su­per­mar­ket chain will sub­mit a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to Nottingham City Coun­cil in the next few weeks. But be­fore then it will stage an ex­hi­bi­tion of its plans so that lo­cal peo­ple can have their say.

As well as a 1,325 square me­tre su­per­mar­ket, the plans in­clude a 145space car park, a drive-through cof­fee shop and six re­tail units.

There will be around 40 full- and part-time jobs at the Lidl store, and more at the cafe and smaller shops.

The swim­ming baths closed in Au­gust 2015 af­ter the coun­cil opened the £16 mil­lion Har­vey Had­den Sports Vil­lage less than two miles down the road, which has its own swim­ming fa­cil­i­ties.

Hav­ing sat empty since the clo­sure, the 1970s Beechdale com­plex was de­mol­ished by the coun­cil in 2017 and the site has been va­cant ever since.

Jo Haw­ley, Lidl’s re­gional head of prop­erty, said: “These ex­cit­ing plans rep­re­sent a multi-mil­lion-pound in­vest­ment in Beechdale, boost­ing the lo­cal econ­omy through the cre­ation of new jobs and sig­nif­i­cantly im­prov­ing shop­ping choice in the area.

“The devel­op­ment will also en­sure that a key lo­cal site, which has been left va­cant since 2015, once again plays an im­por­tant, com­mer­cial role in the town. We look for­ward to show­cas­ing our plans at our up­com­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion event and would en­cour­age any­one with an in­ter­est to come along and talk to us there.”

The plans will be avail­able to view be­tween 2pm and 7pm on Thurs­day at Beechdale Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

How the new su­per­mar­ket would look. Inset, the site to­day and, right, Beechdale baths await­ing de­mo­li­tion

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