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TP Dorset branch decision put on hold for six months

Plans for a new Travis Perkins builders’ merchant branch in Dorset may be delayed because of roadway concerns over a local cut-price supermarket.
The Highways Agency has asked West Dorset District Council to hold off determining the scheme for a new Lidl supermarket and Travis Perkins site in Bridport to allow more discussions.

Bridport Town Council objected to the proposal in early July and district council planners were due to make their decision in August.

The scheme involves redeveloping the Travis Perkins site in St Andrews Road and will involve a new Travis Perkins branch and Lidl store with new roads access, parking and landscaping.

But now the Highways Agency is concerned about the scheme’s impact on the A35 road and one roundabout junction in particular. They have now directed the council to postpone a decision for six months.

The agency has issued the notice to hold a decision to give Lidl time to address concerns about the roundabout and A35.

Travis Perkins would replace the branch with the money from Lidl, adding five extra jobs to the current 25-strong workforce.

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