In October 2009, campaigners fighting plans by Lidl to build a 42,000 sq m warehouse on the edge of the New Forest National Park were given a boost when government-appointed planning inspector Michael Hetherington approved the new Forest District Council’s Core Strategy, which does not include Lidl’s proposal. The decision has been given a cautious welcome by the Keep Ower Rural pressure group, which has spent months fighting the Lidl proposal.
Members of the group say Lidl could still decide to submit a planning application – and claim it might be approved on appeal. During a public inquiry into the document, Lidl objected to the council’s attempt to safeguard Wade Park Farm from development.
Keep Ower Rural staged two protests outside the inquiry. They claimed that a warehouse would result in 500 lorry movements a day and presented a petition signed by 2,000 objectors. For further information please see an article in the Romsey Advertiser, 2nd October 2009.