Exciting plans are proposed for the construction of a new food retail store, to be occupied by Lidl, with associated car parking at the site of former bus depot, Chester Road, East Stanley, DH9 0TH.

The proposed development will regenerate this longstanding vacant site and will enhance retail provision in Stanley as well as providing new jobs in the local area. We will shortly be submitting a planning application to Durham County Council and we are providing you with an opportunity to view and comment on the scheme in advance of the planning submission.


The site is located to the north of Stanley town centre within County Durham, and within the defined Stanley Neighbourhood Area. It extends to 1.165 ha (2.88 acres) and was formerly occupied by Go Northern Bus Depot. The building has been demolished, and the site has been cleared. The site is currently vacant with trees along the eastern boundary and a bridleway along the western border. The access to the site is currently taken from Chester Road (A693).


The new Lidl store will be located in the south-western portion of the site. Trolley bays are proposed adjacent to the north east of the store and a surface level car park providing 118 car parking spaces will be located to the north and east of the store, including EV charging bays, accessible bays and parent/children bays. The main customer entrance to the store will be located on the southern elevation with a loading bay and delivery area to the far west of the building. Externally the store will conform to Lidl’s latest design ethos and principles. The building will make use of extensive glazed elements to the key northern elevation creating an active façade which ensures interest and interaction between the building and its users. Glazed elements will continue onto the eastern elevation, drawing attention to the main entrance. It is proposed that access to the store will be taken from Chester Road, to the north of the site. The existing footpath link to the west of the store will be maintained and enhanced.

Lidl opened its first store in Germany in 1973 and expanded into the UK in the 1990’s. It now has over 620 stores in Britain. It operates at the discount end of the convenience food market and offers top quality products at the lowest prices. It achieves this by utilising small suppliers to provide ‘own brand’; products rather than stocking mainly household names. Costs are also kept down by stocking fewer lines; a typical Lidl store stocks about 1400 lines compared to 10-15,000 in main food stores such as Tesco or Asda. Nevertheless, the Lidl store would stock a good selection of fresh and frozen food as well as providing fresh bread daily from an in-store bakery. A small section of comparison goods is also stocked although the way in which these are sourced mean that there is little consistency in the products that are on sale at any one time. In this respect, comparison buys within a Lidl are very much ‘impulse’ buys rather than the store becoming a destination for non-food items in its own right.

Please click the below link to view the indicative plans for the proposed development:



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