Lidl plans to build a new store in an empty bingo hall in Darlaston

Artist’s impression of the proposed Lidl hypermarket in Park Lane, Darlaston. Image: Whittam Cox Architects

The supermarket giant has made proposals to Walsall Council to take over the Buzz Bingo site in Park Lane, Darlaston.

Bingo activity is believed to have ceased in mid-2020 and the building has been empty ever since.

In its application, Lidl said the new venture would represent a significant investment in the area and create a number of new jobs.

He said a typical new Lidl store sees at least 40 vacancies become available.

The nearest existing Lidl’s are in Willenhall, Wednesbury, Walsall and Bilston.

Under plans, a new junction would be created to provide access from Park Lane for customers and deliveries, as well as maintain access from Walsall Road.

He also said there are bus stops within 100 yards of the store on Walsall Road which provide links to local areas.

A 126-space car park will be created with 7 PMR spaces and 9 parent and child spaces included. Two electric charging spaces and stands for 12 cycles will also be provided.

Planning officers Whittam Cox Architects said: “The site is located on the outskirts of the town center with the surrounding buildings being a combination of residences and businesses, of varying sizes.

“Lidl has identified a number of goals for the development of the site.

“(These) need to invest in this part of Darlaston to improve the quality of convenience shopping in Darlaston; provide a new Lidl food store which is efficient in its layout and meets the latest standards and specifications, and which will provide a modern and energy efficient building; and deliver a store that will significantly improve the site’s frontage towards Park

Alley with large active frontage areas and high quality landscaping.

They added: “The proposed scheme aims to bring a new grocery store to Darlaston, providing a greater choice of grocery stores to local communities.

“This proposal will be built with high quality and sensitivity to the local environment, using contemporary and sustainable design and materials to create an attractive, high quality building that is suited to its surrounding built environment.

“The proposal uses its locality to ensure good accessibility and promote sustainable transport methods.”

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