Lidl Submit Planning Application for Macclesfield

We are pleased to report that our client Lidl have submitted a detailed planning application for a state of the art Metropolitan spec store in the centre of Macclesfied.


Lidl Metropolitan store design has been specifically created for areas where space is harder to come by.  Usually reserved for city centre locations, the store-on-stilts design puts the sales area at first floor level and provides an undercroft area for car parking.

SCP were involved in Lidl first Metropolitan store to open in the UK. The Bermondsey store, on the border of Southwark and Lewisham, south London, opened in 2016.

Lidl have adapted the Metropolitan store for The Towers site in Macclesfield, Cheshire East, to provide a unique proposal that takes full advantage of the constraints of the 0.56 hectare site and its topography.  Car parking is provided both at surface level at the top of the site and within an undercroft area accessed close to the junction of Parsonage Street with Park Green.  As a result, the 88 customer car parking bays provided is double what it would otherwise have been.  SCP advised Lidl on the configuration of the car park and servicing area and prepared the Transport Assessment and Travel Plan submitted in support of the application.

The design of the shop itself is bespoke to Macclesfield.  It embraces the retailer’s ‘Lidl of the future’ model, featuring glass frontages, wider aisles, longer checkouts, self-service tills, toilets and baby changing facilities.  However, it also makes reference to the importance of the silk industry to Macclesfield, and the fact that the first silk Mill in the town was constructed at Park Green.  As a result the sales area of the store is surrounded by copper-coloured metallic cladding which is perforated with punched holes to resemble the jacquard cards used to program the complex silk weaving machines.

The target decision date is 13th September 2017.

You can view the planning portal here