A BUSY Evesham supermarket has revealed plans to increase parking space at its store on Broadway Road and claimed its current car park is not big enough to cope with demand.
Lidl have submitted plans to Wychavon District Council for a temporary 65 space car park on land next to the revamped store. The land was previously used by St Richard’s Hospice.
Although the budget supermarket giant has only requested the additional spaces for the next five years, any potential new car park would be properly tarmaced and laid out so as to provide 65 spaces, comprising 62 standard spaces and 3 disabled spaces.
A new trolley park will also be built as part of the application.
The new car park would be in addition to the current 75 car parking spaces, which includes six disabled and four parent and child spaces.
Should it be approved by planning chiefs, Lidl would have a total of 140 spaces for the store which is 18 more spaces than suggested in the application to revamp the supermarket which was given the green light in November 2016.
In their submission to the council, Lidl chiefs revealed the results of a parking survey carried out at the store last March to assess demand for further parking.
“The results show that there was an excess demand of 17 vehicles at the peak of the survey period – 92 cars within the 75 space car park,” the report read.
“It is clear the existing car park is no longer sufficient to meet existing demand.”
Pedestrian access from the car park to the store entrance will be created through the inclusion of a footpath along the north of the supermarket, according to the plans.
No extra access to the site is being suggested as part of the plans and Lidl chiefs claimed the new development would not add to traffic on one of Evesham’s busiest roads.
“We also noted the proposals would not generate additional demand on the local highway network but instead the proposals are designed to meet existing demand for car parking which has been identified by Lidl and also through the parking accumulation survey,” the report added.
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