The council’s Planning Committee has rejected plans for a retail and residential project on derelict land on Wilford Lane in West Bridgford.
Simons Developments Limited recently proposed a £20million mixed-use development on Wilford Lane, consisting of a residential area including retirement accommodation, a retail, pub and coffee shop area, anchored by a modern Lidl store.
The site – a derelict piece of land between the Becket School and the Roko Health Club – has been left abandoned for almost a decade.
After a major consultation, the developers had submitted revised plans to a hope that the project would be given the green light.
Frank Gillespie, development director at Simons, said:“We’re extremely disappointed with the Planning Committee’s decision to turn down our proposals for the derelict land off Wilford Lane in West Bridgford.
“This £50m development would have delivered a number of significant benefits to West Bridgford, including the creation of around 100 new and full-time jobs for local people and a sizeable contribution to the borough’s housing needs.
“Perhaps, most important of all, the development would have ensured that a key local site, left unused for almost a decade, once again played an important role in the future of West Bridgford.
“Following our consultation event in December last year, we worked hard to ensure that the submitted plans addressed all of the key issues and concerns raised by local residents.
“We will now review our next steps, one of which is to appeal the Planning Committee’s decision.”
Dominic Bryan, Lidl GB’s regional head of Property, said: “Naturally, we are disappointed with the Planning Committee’s decision.
“Had planning consent been granted, our store would have delivered around 40 new full and part-time jobs and provided more shopping choice in the local area.
“We remain committed to bringing a new store to West Bridgford and will now discuss our options with the development team at Simons.
“We look forward to sharing updated plans with the local community in the not too distant future.”