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Wantage and Grove Campaign Group (WaGCG)


The initial plans to build a Lidl store in the gap between Wantage and Grove (P18/V2300/FUL) were been refused and the Appeal Hearing took place on 18/19 May 2021. The Planning Inspector dismissed the appeal.

Lidl submitted a new application with a slightly smaller store on the same site, see (P22/V0286/FUL). This application was recommended for approval at a planning committee in August 2022. Now the Developers and Planners just have to agree the legal paperwork.

The site is currently a green field just north of the Mably Roundabout.
Green gap
The plan looks very different:
Lidl location

The Vale Local Plan protects gaps between settlements and this is a very small gap between Wantage and Grove which is about to get even smaller.

There are also access issues. This is far enough away from most of Wantage and Grove that almost everyone will drive there. Grove Road is already congested and this supermarket with parking for 125 cars close to a bus stop and pedestrian crossing will add to the congestion.
The main cycleway between Wantage and Grove also goes in front of the store so could make cycling more dangerous on this route.

For the background to the first application

See our Wantage and Grove Map for detailed locations.

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