Exeter Lidl store bids to make earlier delivery time permanent

An Exeter Lidl has lodged a bid to ensure earlier deliveries to the store are made permanent. 

The Powlesland Road, Alphington, supermarket’s 2002 planning permission stipulated stock could be dropped-off between 7am and 11pm, Monday to Saturday.

However, in November 2019 the chain was given the makeshift go-ahead for deliveries to start from 5am.

That permission runs out in May and Lidl has asked Exeter City Council to make it permanent.

A letter with the application says that there have been no complaints received about the new schedule and it would have no impact on neighbouring homes.

“The fact that residents have felt no need to complain about the new delivery schedule reiterates our findings,” the application adds.

Exeter City Council’s environmental health team has said there are no grounds for it to object to making the change permanent.

Two local residents have raised concerns over the application – calling for lorries to be forced to travel through Marsh Barton and not the quieter but more residential Church Road.

Exeter City Council will determine the fate of the bid at a later date.

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