Residents living near a Cardiff supermarket say they are not prepared to put up with deliveries to the store on a Sunday, as a controversial application to allow them goes before the city’s planning committee for a second time.
Lidl applied to Cardiff Council in 2010 for permission to take deliveries at their Maindy Road store on Sundays between 10am and 4pm, in addition to the permission it already had Monday to Saturday between 8am and 10pm.
The local authority’s planning committee rejected the application in June 2010, after people living nearby raised concerns about noise and disturbance. But the same residents were left fuming when the Assembly overturned that decision, allowing a 12-month trial period for the Sunday deliveries from October 2010 to October 2011.
Lidl has now re-applied for permission for the Sunday deliveries with a final decision set to be made by the council’s planning committee on Wednesday, but more than two years on residents say they are still strongly opposed to the proposal.
John Rogers, who has lived on Maindy Road for 40 years, said: “We need one day of rest and peace and quiet. When the refrigeration units on the delivery vehicles are running it penetrates double glazing and brick walls. We put up with this six days a week – we are not prepared as residents to put up with it on a Sunday.”
Mr Rogers also raised concerns about how the noise had been monitored during the year-long trial.
The planning inspector recommended in his October 2010 decision that deliveries be monitored during the trial and any future application supported by a noise assessment.
But Mr Rogers said it had not been monitored by the council or the Assembly, with Cardiff Council confirming it is up to the applicant to carry out a noise assessment report.
Planning documents due to go before councillors on Wednesday say a noise assessment has been submitted by the supermarket chain, but it was carried out from a store in a different location.
The documents also list objections from local MP Jenny Willott, who says refrigerated vehicles can cause nearby houses to vibrate, while assembly member Jenny Rathbone points out Lidl has operated for almost 10 years without Sunday deliveries and residents should not face further disruption.
Ward councillors Christopher Weaver, Sarah Merry and Sam Knight say residents’ quality of life will be harmed by the “unacceptable noise nuisance”, while Coun Elizabeth Clark says the noise disturbance the deliveries cause is well above the 10 decibel level deemed grounds for complaint.
A petition of objection containing 134 signatures has also been submitted.
The planning report recommends that Sunday deliveries be allowed for a further six month trial period, giving time for Lidl to carry out a noise assessment on site. It also recommends during these six months that there is a limit of two deliveries each Sunday, and that the engine of delivery vehicles must be switched off during unloading, although refrigeration units can remain on.