Proposed Lidl Store at Low Lane, Horsforth – Scheme Now Updated

Welcome to the public consultation website for the proposed development of a Lidl foodstore at land off Low Lane, Horsforth.

Note: Following feedback from the community and Leeds City Council, Lidl has made some changes to the plans and recently submitted a revised proposal for the site. The size of the store has been made smaller and the number of car parking spaces has been slightly reduced. This has enabled Lidl to retain all the trees on the site, including along Low Lane.

This consultation website has been updated with all of the revised plans and remains open for public view and comment.  


The site lies off Low Lane and is located to the east of Horsforth town centre. The site measures approximately 1.1 hectares in size. The site currently comprises a building formed of several industrial units to the north, a large office building known as Woodside House located centrally within the site, and another building comprising industrial units to the south; these collectively form Woodside Trading Estate. The Horsforth Driving Test Centre is currently located in Woodside House.


In summary, the proposed development is for the demolition of all existing buildings on site and the erection of a new Lidl food store with associated works. The Lidl store would stock a good selection of fresh and frozen food as well as an in-store bakery. A small selection of comparison goods would also be stocked.

The proposals include:

  • Site remediation and preparation works;
  • Construction of a 1,904sqm Lidl foodstore;
  • Provision of 121 parking spaces including 8 disabled, 8 parent and child and 2 electric vehicle charging points;
  • Resurfacing of external areas;
  • Soft landscaping treatment to boundaries.

The proposed foodstore would be located to the south-eastern part of the site, leaving the remaining northern part of the site to form the car park. This would include 121 spaces, with 8 disabled spaces and 8 parent and child spaces alongside 2 electric vehicle charging points.

The store will include a rendered plinth and a combination of rendered and brickwork walls to reflect the surrounding context. Modern grey cladding panels will be featured along the top half of the store. The store is 1 storey in height with a mono-pitched sloping roof, with the lowest point located closest to Old Mill Beck.

The existing accesses to the site from Low Lane would both be replaced with a single access around 20m south of the existing northern site access. Additional works within the site would include soft landscaping. As part of the development, all trees to the back of the site will be protected from construction work, and there will be no impact from development on Old Mill Beck or the adjacent wildlife areas.


If you are happy with the changes and you would like the new store to go ahead, it is important that the Council knows that the local community supports Lidl. Therefore, if you haven’t done so already, we would be grateful if you could contact the Council to support the plans. You can do this in a number of ways:

Online – You can comment on the application by going to typing the application reference number (20/04077/FU) in the search box and following the instruction to comment.

Email – You can email your comments, quoting the reference number (20/04077/FU), to

Post – You can post your comments, quoting the reference number (20/04077/FU) to Planning Services, Leeds City Council, Merrion House, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8BB.

Thank you for your support. If you have any queries, or would no longer like to receive updates about the plans, please contact DPP on


Proposed Site Plan

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Proposed Elevations

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Consultation Letter

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Indicative CGI

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