Lidl is considering former Trafalgar College site in Great Yarmouth
Lidl discount supermarket is looking to open a store on the site of a former college.
Southtown residents have received leaflets outlining details of the project that would sweep the old Trafalgar College buildings and see a store and parking lot come up in their stead.
The German chain already has a supermarket on rue Pasteur a stone’s throw away, approved in 2004.
According to the leaflet, access to the new “attractive” store would be via Thamesfield Way.
The nearly 1,300 m² store will stock the entire range of Lidl products and will have an in-store bakery. According to the plans, there will be 136 parking spaces and two charging places for electric vehicles.
You can also watch:
The opening hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
It is touted as a “clean and new” shopping experience that will be “environmentally efficient”.
A spokesperson for Great Yarmouth Borough Council confirmed that Lidl had been in contact with agents but that it was “the first few days”.
No urban planning application has been filed but, if it arises, it would go through the usual consultation process.
Engaging with the public by delivering flyers to homes about the planned new store was often a tool used by developers that could help inform the planning process, the spokesperson said.
The site has been vacant since 2018, when Trafalgar College merged with Great Yarmouth High School to form the Charter Academy.
Trafalgar College, part of the Inspiration Trust chain of academies, announced in January 2016 its intention to move to the empty Perenco site in Thamesfield Way.
The new free school opened with 88 grade 7 students, with a plan to grow as the kids progress through school leading them to grades 12 and 13.
However, a year later, a public consultation was launched on the merger of the two schools, with all children based in Salisbury Road – a move that met with strong opposition.
All students moved from Thamesfield Way to Charter to Salisbury Road over Easter 2019.
The Inspiration Trust said the site was out of its domain since 2020.
Meanwhile, Lidl is bidding for another new store at Links Road in Gorleston.
In June, Lidl announced that it had reserved 12 new locations in Norfolk and Waveney to build new stores, including two in Great Yarmouth.