Permission has been granted for a new supermarket in Dittons Road, Polegate,
The application, from cut-price chain Lidl, had received considerable support from local residents.
It was approved by the members of Wealden District Council’s planning committee south.
Polegate district councillor Oi Lin Shing, a local representative since 2007, said, “It was the first time, on any issue, that I’ve received hundreds of emails, letters and phone calls all requesting that I support this application.
“Furthermore, it was very unusual that we received no single objection. As such, I’d like to thank the County Highways officer for their in-depth report and their suggested improvements to the application.”
Cllr Shing added, “We’d very much like the applicant, Lidl, to consider the fact that, as Polegate and Willingdon have a high proportion of retired residents many of whom rely heavily on public transport, that provision be sought for a shuttle bus service between Polegate, Willingdon and the supermarket. This is an issue we’ve also received a lot of communication on.”
Cllr Stephen Shing did manage to speak to the representative of Lidl briefly after the meeting about the possibility of the shuttle bus service. He promised to forward the request to Lidl headquarters.
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