Commercial People have learned that a new Lidl store in Redditch is set to create up to 40 jobs once construction is complete.
Built by the Woodbourne Group on the former Arrow Valley Health Club site at Battens Drive, the proposal by the Birmingham-based developer and investor has been agreed in principle by the planning committee of Redditch Borough Council.
Commenting on the agreement, Tani Dulay, Chief Executive of Woodbourne Group, said: “We look forward to working with Redditch Borough Council and Lidl UK GMBH to invest over £2.5 million into the local economy by reinvigorating this site.
“The store will create a welcome number of jobs and bring Lidl’s award-winning produce at affordable prices to everyone within the community.”
Work on the site is set to start in 2021 with a ten-month build programme envisaged. There are also plans to “significantly enhance” the local built environment with extensive landscaping designed to complement Arrow Valley Park.
Nick Hardy, a principal in the planning, development and regeneration team at real estate consultancy Avison Young, advised Woodbourne Group on its application.
Adding his comments, Nick said: “The development will provide a modern, well designed and managed building which will improve the appearance of the site and extend customer choice. Woodbourne Group has taken a bespoke approach to the development with provision for extra planting and landscaping.
“In addition, the proposals include a signal controlled pedestrian crossing and bus stops on Battens Drive which will benefit users of Arrow Valley Country Park, and local residents, as well as the foodstore.”
The former Arrow Valley Country Club opened in the 1980s and was a popular squash and fitness club for decades. The site was taken over by Arrow Valley Health Club Ltd in 2014 but unfortunately was forced to permanently close earlier this, becoming one of the commercial victims of Covid-19.