Homes to be demolished to make way for Chesterfield store extension

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A controversial application to knock down four houses so a Chesterfield supermarket can be extended has been granted conditional planning approval.

German budget supermarket giants Lidl want to extend their Whittington Moor store and its car park and need to knock down two houses on Sheffield Road and two on Avenue road to do so.

However, the plan has come under fire from residents and one business in the area says it may even have to close because of it.

The Wisdom Dental Practice collected a 164 signature petition and wrote a letter to the planning authorities through Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins.

In it they said the disruption during the demolition process and subsequent building could lead to them being unable to fulfil their contracts and 6,700 patients being left without an NHS dentist.

A spokesperson for Lidl said they were ‘incredibly pleased’ the plan to extend their ‘extremely popular’ store had been approved.

The spokesperson went on to say the ‘modest’ extension will allow them to improve the customer experience in the store while creating 10 new jobs for the local community.

They also said the firm ‘understood the concerns’ raised by the neighbouring dental practice and would ‘take every step possible’ to minimise disruption while the building work is taking place.