Lidl wants to build a store at the site of the Rose and Crown pub in Swarkestone Road, Chellaston. More than 1,000 people have signed a Chellaston Residents' Association petition against the plans. The group says it does not oppose a new Lidl in Chellaston, just in that location. The area already has a Co-op and Tesco.
Lidl wanted to build a store on the site of the 350-year-old Rose and Crown pub, in Chellaston, but, at a meeting of Derby City Council's planning and control committee, the application was rejected on grounds of safety, what it would mean for the area in the future and traffic problems.
A plan to open a new Aldi store has been preferred above the proposal for another discount supermarket in the same of area of Derby. Aldi revealed it wanted to open the store off Swarkestone Road, in Chellaston, close to the Bonnie Prince pub roundabout off the A514. The site already has outline planning permission for a food store and Aldi is looking to submit its reserved matters application to the council in the coming months, after consulting with the local community.
But a company formed by members of the community says it wants to buy the building and retain it as a pub and that one of its main reasons is its historic value. The company had already successfully applied to Derby City Council to make the pub an "asset of community value", which meant that the building's owner, pubco Marston's, had to tell the authority when it wanted to sell up.