Lidl has yet to open in Moreton despite being granted permission a year ago

No date has been given for the opening of a new Lidl in a Wirral town, despite past promises that it would already be built.

Lidl is being proposed as part of a major development just outside Moreton town center on Pasture Road which would see 45 homes built, improvements to the town’s library and youth centre, as well as 80 supported living flats. The project has been submitted by Wirral Growth Company, the council’s joint venture with developer Muse, with planning permission granted in April 2023.

When the plans were first submitted in November 2022, the planning application said the new Lidl was expected to open in late 2023, with the extra care living apartments as well as the new public gardens completed by 2024. the new 45 houses. it was expected to start in late 2023, with the scheme completed by 2026.

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However, Lidl’s completion date was later pushed back to 2024 as planning permission was granted later in 2023.

Lidl recently announced a wishlist for new Lidl stores in Wirral, including Heswall, Hoylake and West Kirby, New Brighton, New Ferry, Seacombe and Upton. Moreton was not part of that wishlist as the development has already received planning permission, but Lidl said no opening date for the development had yet been confirmed.

The latest full update on the scheme came at a hearing on October 31 which looked at Wirral’s Local Plan, a draft policy outlining housing and economic development in the Wirral by 2040, which is under government scrutiny. According to a December 2023 report, current plans are for the land to be sold by June 2024.

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