Over 3,400 people have sent us a feedback form during the project, with over 2,500 people in the local community being generally supportive of the plans.
If you would like a new Lidl store, care home and eco-homes for the over 55s, please sign the petition here
If you haven’t done so already, you can also let the Council know that you support the plans. Click here to email.
The proposals include:
Creating care homes in the heart of communities is important to us and Wetherby will be no different. With sustainability at the forefront of our future business plans, the Wetherby site will be innovative and set to be an exemplar development within the sector. Due to the design and sustainability measures, the combined utility bills for the eco-homes will be minimal, which is vital in the current economic climate.
The footprint and layout of the care home and eco-homes were carefully considered to respond to its surroundings. There will also be four individually designed gardens for care homer residents to use with a variety of care needs, including dementia.
Springfield Healthcare is a proud Yorkshire based company. The family business was founded by Albert Lee and Andrea Lee in 1967 and is still run by their son Graeme to this day. Celebrating 55 years of experience within the care sector, Springfield Healthcare specialise in residential retirement communities, nursing and dementia care and is the most established care company in Leeds and Yorkshire. Their focus is on promoting high levels of independence by offering a range of quality care services that support and enhance the quality of life for all their residents.
Springfield currently operate 500 care beds across six homes in North and West Yorkshire. They are committed to the region and future plans for growth are all Yorkshire based. In all of their developments, Springfield seeks to promote community use and interaction within their homes.
They welcome sharing their space with the wider community and their homes have recently welcomed, amongst others, local primary schools, a troupe of actors for rehearsals, and a mobile coffee shop.
Springfield Healthcare often work with heritage buildings restoring them to their former glory to ensure these historical assets are preserved for the future and enhance the local community. With sustainability at the forefront of future business plans, the Wetherby site will continue their passion for innovation and is set to be an example for the sector.
Since establishing itself in Great Britain in 1994, Lidl GB has experienced continuous growth and today has over 28,000 employees, over 950 stores and 13 distribution centres in England, Scotland and Wales. Lidl GB is passionate about working with British producers and sources two thirds of its products from British suppliers.
Lidl first opened its doors in Great Britain in 1994 and currently has over 28,000 employees, 935 stores and 13 distribution centres in England, Scotland and Wales. Lidl takes pride in providing top quality products at low prices.
The Lidl retail philosophy is focused on simplicity and maximum efficiency at every stage of the business, from supplier to customer, enabling the company to sell high quality own brand and well-known products at low prices.
Lidl is committed to sourcing high quality fresh meat, poultry, fruit and veg from British farms. We work closely with Red Tractor to ensure that our British meat, poultry, fruit and veg is responsibly sourced to strict food hygiene, animal welfare and environmental standards, with every pack traceable to the farm of origin. This guarantees our customers a fresh, locally sourced, high quality range of meat and poultry at excellent value.
Lidl GB sells over 50 different Fairtrade certified products, from bananas originating from Colombia, tea picked in Kenya and cocoa for our chocolate, grown in Cote d’Ivoire. In addition to the products we sell all year round, we proudly support specific Fairtrade campaigns such as Fairtrade Fortnight. This is an opportunity to give a voice to farmers and growers throughout the world.
Lidl GB has long been committed to increasing wages in line with the cost of living, with a combined investment of over £50 million into hourly wages over the past five years. From March 2022, the retailer made its biggest ever investment into colleague wages, making it one of the highest paying supermarkets in the UK. The commitment of £18 million has seen entry-level pay rise from £9.50 to £10.10 per hour outside of London and £10.85 to £11.35 within the M25, with colleagues earning up to £11.40 and £12.25 respectively, depending on length of service. Lidl also do not offer zero hour contracts.
The new store at Wetherby would feature our famous ‘Middle of Lidl’ products. Our ever-changing middle aisle offers customers the opportunity to purchase non-food household items at bargain prices. Click here to see this week’s offers.
The proposed store will meet Lidl’s high sustainability standards which are intended to minimise environmental impact over the lifetime of the store.
LIDL HAS COMMITTED TO BEING:
Good for Producers – including championing the British food and farming sector, focusing on our supplier relationships, human rights and ethical trade, and animal welfare
Good for People – including healthy eating, supporting charities such as the NSPCC and by becoming the employer of choice in our sector
Good for our Planet – by promoting a low carbon economy, minimising food waste, ensuring our supply chains are deforestation free and by reducing, recycling and re-using plastics and packaging
For more details on Lidl’s sustainability commitments, click here.
A thorough assessment of potential alternatives sites that could accommodate the development has been undertaken. For the purposes of the assessment, the sequential assessment test has been applied for the foodstore element of the proposals only – including associated parking, servicing areas and landscaping – excluding the care home and senior living units (which are not town centre uses).
The sites assessed in Wetherby are:
The assessment also looked at vacant units within the town centre, however, any that did exist at the time of the assessment are small in scale and dispersed across the town.
In summary, there are currently limited opportunities for any significant new development within these centres, due to the built-up nature of the centres and surrounding residential areas. Of those sites which have been identified, none are both sequentially preferable, and suitable and available, to accommodate the proposed development.
A planning application for the proposals has been submitted to Leeds City Council who will determine the application.