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Lidl would like to open a new foodstore in Garston, on the site of the former Co-Op on St Mary’s Road.

Lidl has submitted a planning application regarding these proposals and would like to provide the community with an opportunity to review the development plans.

This website provides details of the planning application which has been submitted to Liverpool City Council.  If you have any questions about the proposals, please email or call 0800 089 0361. To ‘Have Your Say’ on the proposals, please click here.

What’s proposed?

  • Lidl is proposing a new foodstore for Garston, with a 1,256 sq m net sales area. The foodstore will create up to 30 new local jobs
  • 87 customer parking spaces, including 5 disabled spaces and 9 parent and child spaces
  • Cycle and motorcycle parking
  • Two Electric Vehicle charging points

The site was formerly occupied by the Co-Op. Since becoming vacant, the site has been extensively marketed without generating any commercial interest. Our proposals aim to rejuvenate this vacant, redundant, brownfield site. The proposed foodstore would deliver employment on this site and we believe it would be a suitable occupier in this prominent location.

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Lidl Garston Site Plan


The site is currently occupied by the former Co-Op building. Lidl aims to regenerate this site and create a modern foodstore. The Card Factory building and retail units alongside are unaffected by this proposal.

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If approved, Lidl will begin construction immediately to build their latest spec, sympathetically designed supermarket in Garston. The proposals include:

  • A new 1,256 sq m (circa 13,500 sq ft) net sales Lidl supermarket in an easily accessible location
  • Up to 30 new full and part time job opportunities for local people
  • 87 car parking spaces including five disabled and nine parent & child spaces
  • Two Electric Vehicle charging points
  • Accessible site with good pedestrian and cycle links


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Traffic impact

Our planning application includes a detailed Transport Assessment, which will be reviewed by Liverpool City Council’s Highways Team. The Transport Assessment will take into consideration issues such as Lidl’s expected busiest periods, as well link trip data.

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The site is well-located for pedestrians and well-placed to generate linked trips with other neighbouring shops and services.

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Secure cycle parking for staff and customers is proposed in a well-monitored location, close to the store entrance. The site is well-connected to the local cycle network, which will enable cycling as a substitute for short car trips.

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Bus services

The site is well-located for the bus network, with a stop immediately outside the proposed store for services towards Liverpool City Centre.

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About Lidl


Everyone knows we’re Lidl on price. So, it’s time to tell you what we’re Big on.

We’re Big on Quality. Big on the big shop. Big on all the things that matter. Big on the things that make cupboards and bellies and life feel fuller. Big on detergent that gets your socks white and cheese that knocks them off. Big on carrots that crunch and chillies with bite. Big on cuisine from far and wide, and meat from local farmers. Big on brands and biscuits and baby stuff and bicycle pumps and butter. We’re Big on everything.

Except of course, on price, because that’s where we’ll always be Lidl.

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Lidl first opened its doors in Great Britain in 1994 and currently has over 24,500 employees, 800 stores and 13 distribution centres in England, Scotland and Wales. Lidl takes pride in providing top quality products at the lowest prices.

The Lidl retail philosophy is focused on simplicity and maximum efficiency at every stage of the business, from supplier to customer, enabling the company to sell high quality own brand products at the lowest prices


Lidl is committed to sourcing high quality fresh meat, poultry, fruit and veg from British farms. We work closely with Red Tractor to ensure that our British meat, poultry, fruit and veg is responsibly sourced to strict food hygiene, animal welfare and environmental standards, with every pack traceable to the farm of origin. This guarantees our customers a fresh, locally sourced, high quality range of meat and poultry at excellent value.


Lidl GB sells over 50 different Fairtrade certified products, from bananas originating from Colombia, tea picked in Kenya and cocoa for our chocolate, grown in Cote d’Ivoire. In addition to the products we sell all year round, we proudly support specific Fairtrade campaigns such as Fairtrade Fortnight. This is an opportunity to give a voice to farmers and growers throughout the world.

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  • The new store is expected to create up to 30 new full and part-time jobs for local people. This is in addition to the temporary jobs created during construction of the store
  • Lidl GB has long been committed to increasing wages in line with the cost of living, with a combined investment of over £50 million into hourly wages over the past five years. From March 2022, the retailer made its biggest ever investment into colleague wages, making it one of the highest paying supermarkets in the UK. The commitment of £18 million has seen entry-level pay rise from £9.50 to £10.10 per hour outside of London and £10.85 to £11.35 within the M25, with colleagues earning up to £11.40 and £12.25 respectively, depending on length of service. Lidl also do not offer zero hour contracts.
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The new Garston store would feature our famous ‘Middle of Lidl’ products. Our ever-changing middle aisle offers customers the opportunity to purchase non-food household items at bargain prices. Click here to see this week’s offers.

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  • The proposed store will meet Lidl’s high sustainability standards which are intended to minimise environmental impact over the lifetime of the store.
  • Our delivery vehicles are used to remove waste from the store on their return journey to the nearest Regional Distribution Centre, where the waste/recyclable material is sorted and managed centrally. This also helps to reduce vehicle trips and CO2 emissions
  • Lidl lead the sector in terms of recycling and waste to landfill reduction by recycling all paper/cardboard and plastic waste produced by their stores
  • Store heating and lighting are controlled by a computerised Building Management System (BMS). This minimises energy consumption by adapting to external temperatures and lighting levels
  • The chilled food cabinets incorporate night blinds which trap the chilled air and reduce overnight energy consumption
  • Lidl refrigeration plant has low carbon emissions ratings and operates without the need for chlorofluorocarbons
  • Lidl stores use a manual dock leveller for deliveries, which reduces noise emissions and energy use
  • All lighting in the warehouse and staff welfare areas is controlled with motion sensors ensuring that electricity consumption is minimised
  • When the building is occupied by staff only (with no customers) the lighting system is powered down to only use one out of every three fluorescent tubes
  • Water consumption is carefully monitored and flow control devices and water meters are fitted in all stores
  • The car park lighting is switched off overnight and is controlled by a Lux sensor during trading hours
  • The Garston store will have two Electric Vehicle charging points.
  • For more details on Lidl’s sustainability commitments, click here.


Good for Producers – including championing the British food and farming sector, focusing on our supplier relationships, human rights and ethical trade, and animal welfare

Good for People – including healthy eating, supporting charities such as the NSPCC and by becoming the employer of choice in our sector

Good for our Planet – by promoting a low carbon economy, minimising food waste, ensuring our supply chains are deforestation free and by reducing, recycling and re-using plastics and packaging

For more details on Lidl’s sustainability commitments, click here.

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How to support us


A full planning application for the proposed new Lidl supermarket has been submitted to Liverpool City Council, who will make a decision on whether to approve the store proposals.

If you want our project to be successful, it is vitally important that you make your views known so that they can be taken into account when the Council’s Planning Committee decides whether to approve or refuse the application.

If you are keen to see a new neighbourhood foodstore in Garston, please indicate your support for the application on the feedback form (clicking here). Alternatively you can email

As with all developments there will be people who are for and people who are against the development and it is very important that everyone has their say. We would ask those people who have concerns about the proposals to contact us by (clicking here) and completing a feedback form. We will then seek to address these wherever possible.


The following points are considered to be ‘planning issues’:

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Retail / Employment:

  • New retail jobs for local residents
  • The store will help to meet local shopping needs and reduce the need to travel elsewhere
  • The proposal will provide new and improved shopping facilities for the area at competitive prices and offer exceptional quality and choice to the benefit of local shoppers
  • Lidl stocks a variety of unique product lines which are not available from other supermarkets.
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  • A sympathetically designed store, using high quality materials to replace the existing dilapidated and vacant industrial buildings. A new Lidl will add a contemporary dimension to the existing street scene and will enhance the character and appearance of the area
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  • Sustainable construction techniques will be employed as well as the use of sustainable materials where possible
  • Lidl operate a highly energy efficient business with a strong commitment to recycling and the use of energy efficient equipment and techniques within the store to reduce carbon emissions
  • The Lidl store includes sustainable measures including solar panels and Electric Vehicle Charging Points
  • The site is in a location which is accessible on foot, cycle and public transport.

If you are keen to see a new neighbourhood foodstore in Garston, please indicate your support for the application on the feedback form click here. Alternatively you can email

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The data you provide is being collected by Royal Pilgrim Communications (who can be contacted on 0113 335 0033 or The lawful basis for processing this data is Legitimate Interests for the purposes of this consultation, to gather your opinion on the proposal and to enable us to contact you regarding the project in the future. You can opt out of any contact, by ticking the box below or by contacting us at any time. You do not have to provide any personal data in order to comment on this proposal. We will not publish or share your personal data with any third parties. A copy of the comments that you make regarding the proposal will be provided to the local planning authority as part of the planning process and so that it can note the comments made, but no personal data will be shared, other than any personal data you choose to put in the comments box. Your personal data will be store securely for the life of the project, which will be until the development is complete or a decision has been made not to go ahead with the project. You have the right to access, amend, object and remove the data we hold at any time. If you have a complaint, you can contact us or the Information Commissioner, whose contact details are available on their website