Lidl set to take plunge at baths site
DOZENS OF JOBS IN BEECHDALE PROJECT
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