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Residents welcome plans for Lidl supermarket in Dunmow

Plans to build a Lidl supermarket in Great Dunmow have been opposed by Tesco – which has a superstore in the town three-and-a-half times the size of the new one proposed.

The country’s biggest retailer operates a 5,400 sq m (58,125 sq ft) outlet less than a mile from where the German discount brand wants to open a 1,512 sq m (16,275 sq ft) branch on land off Stortford Road.

Tesco warns the proposals are likely to have a “significant adverse impact on the vitality and viability of Great Dunmow town centre”.

Lidl's plans for Dunmow
Lidl's plans for Dunmow

However, comments from residents responding to a public consultation ahead of the submission of a planning application demonstrate frustration that Tesco has a “monopoly” in Dunmow.

One said: “Tesco has too much of a monopoly. Lidl will be a great competitive alternative.” Another added: “It’s a great idea: competition for Tesco, more choice for shoppers, more jobs in the area.”

A third said: “Tesco in Dunmow needs the competition. With all the new houses being built in the area we badly need more facilities and a more affordable shop.”

However, there were concerns about how the Lidl store could impact traffic. One resident said: “Wrong location, other end of town preferred due to new housing, and schools near the proposed site will cause an increase in traffic.”

Great Dunmow Town Council has objected to Lidl’s plans on the grounds of its impact on the road network and wildlife. It claims the development where it is proposed will add to traffic problems as a new through school is being developed almost adjacent.

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