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Lidl would like to build a new modern neighbourhood foodstore at Sandford, Wareham.

A new Lidl store on this site would provide competition and significantly improve shopping options and choice for local people.

The Planning application is now live and all details about the application can be viewed online at Dorset Council, the planning application reference number is P/FUL/2022/06012 if you would like to leave a comment.

Lidl store entrance A similar Lidl development
Lidl bakery

The proposals

The site

The proposed development site is located off Sandford Road. The site is bounded to the south-east by trees which would be retained as part of the proposed Lidl foodstore.

The site is bounded on 2 sides by trees which would be retained as part of the proposed Lidl foodstore.

We will also look to retain the existing hedgerows and trees along the Sandford Road boundary.

The site would be accessed via the roundabout with Sandford Road and Morden Road.

Location plan

Proposed development

Lidl’s proposals would deliver a convenient and local food shopping offer, and new jobs for the area.

The proposals include:

  • A 1,411 sq m sales area including Lidl’s popular bakery, longer style tills with dual packing, and customer toilets
  • 114 parking spaces including accessible, parent and child and Electric Vehicle charging spaces
  • Cycle parking in a prominent location at the front of the store
  • Significant new landscaping and planting across the site, and the retention of existing hedgerows along Sandford Road, will protect views to and from the store
  • Direct access from Sandford Road
  • The store will have a green roof which helps protect views into the site
  • Solar (photovoltaic) panels on the store roof, in-keeping with our commitment to sustainability.
Site plan
Lidl food close up

About Lidl

Since establishing itself in Great Britain in 1994, Lidl has experienced continuous growth and today has more than 27,500 employees, over 920 stores and 13 distribution centres in England, Scotland and Wales.

Social responsibility and sustainability are at the core of the company’s daily operations, with the company placing a strong emphasis on its responsibility for people, society and the environment. Lidl is passionate about working with British producers and sources two thirds of its products from British suppliers.

Big on quality, Lidl on price
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Lidl’s operation

Lidl first opened its doors in Great Britain in 1994 and currently has over 26,000 employees, 900 stores and 13 distribution centres in England, Scotland and Wales. Lidl takes pride in providing top quality products at low prices.

The Lidl retail philosophy is focused on simplicity and maximum efficiency at every stage of the business, from supplier to customer, enabling the company to sell high quality own brand and well-known products at low prices.

Red Tractor

Lidl is committed to sourcing high quality fresh meat, poultry, fruit and veg from British farms. We work closely with Red Tractor to ensure that our British meat, poultry, fruit and veg is responsibly sourced to strict food hygiene, animal welfare and environmental standards, with every pack traceable to the farm of origin. This guarantees our customers a fresh, locally sourced, high quality range of meat and poultry at excellent value.


Lidl sells over 50 different Fairtrade certified products, from bananas originating from Colombia, tea picked in Kenya and cocoa for our chocolate, grown in Cote d’Ivoire. In addition to the products we sell all year round, we proudly support specific Fairtrade campaigns such as Fairtrade Fortnight. This is an opportunity to give a voice to farmers and growers throughout the world.

Lidl thank you

Local jobs

Lidl has long been committed to increasing wages in line with the cost of living, with a combined investment of over £50 million into hourly wages over the past five years. From March 2022, the retailer made its biggest ever investment into colleague wages, making it one of the highest paying supermarkets in the UK. The commitment of £18 million has seen entry-level pay rise from £9.50 to £10.10 per hour outside of London and £10.85 to £11.35 within the M25, with colleagues earning up to £11.40 and £12.25 respectively, depending on length of service. Lidl also do not offer zero hour contracts.

Lidl staff and customer

Middle of Lidl

The new store at Sandford, Wareham would feature our famous ‘Middle of Lidl’ products. Our ever-changing middle aisle offers customers the opportunity to purchase non-food household items at bargain prices. Click here to see this week’s offers.

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Middle Lidl products
Middle Lidl products
Lidl staff
Lidl fresh produce
Lidl staff checkout


The proposed store will meet Lidl’s high sustainability standards which are intended to minimise environmental impact over the lifetime of the store.

  • Our delivery vehicles are used to remove waste from the store on their return journey to the nearest Regional Distribution Centre, where the waste/recyclable material is sorted and managed centrally. This also helps to reduce vehicle trips and CO2 emissions
  • Lidl lead the sector in terms of recycling and waste to landfill reduction by recycling all paper/cardboard and plastic waste produced by their stores
  • Store heating and lighting are controlled by a computerised Building Management System (BMS). This minimises energy consumption by adapting to external temperatures and lighting levels
  • The chilled food cabinets incorporate night blinds which trap the chilled air and reduce overnight energy consumption
  • Lidl refrigeration plant has low carbon emissions ratings and operates without the need for chlorofluorocarbons
  • Lidl stores use a manual dock leveller for deliveries, which reduces noise emissions and energy use
  • All lighting in the warehouse and staff welfare areas is controlled with motion sensors ensuring that electricity consumption is minimised
  • When the building is occupied by staff only (with no customers) the lighting system is powered down to only use one out of every three fluorescent tubes
  • Water consumption is carefully monitored and flow control devices and water meters are fitted in all stores
  • The car park lighting is switched off overnight and is controlled by a Lux sensor during trading hours
  • The store at Sandford, Wareham will have Electric Vehicle charging points


Good for Producers – including championing the British food and farming sector, focusing on our supplier relationships, human rights and ethical trade, and animal welfare

Good for People – including healthy eating, supporting charities such as the NSPCC and by becoming the employer of choice in our sector

Good for our Planet – by promoting a low carbon economy, minimising food waste, ensuring our supply chains are deforestation free and by reducing, recycling and re-using plastics and packaging

For more details on Lidl’s sustainability commitments, click here.

Lidl checkouts

Next Steps

Planning application

Lidl UK is preparing a detailed planning application which will seek full approval for a new Lidl store in Sandford, Wareham.

The planning application will be submitted to Dorset Council in due course, who will make a decision on whether to approval the proposals.

We encourage everyone to complete a feedback form to have their say. If you would like to know how to submit a letter of support for the planning application once it has been submitted, please contact

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Have your say

You can have your say over the plans for a new Lidl store at Sandford, Wareham by emailing the Lidl team at:

Below is the feedback form which has been sent to residents alongside the consultation flyer. If you could please email the Lidl team responding to the format of the feedback form we would be grateful.


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Privacy Policy (Lidl GB Ltd)
By providing your personal data and comments to Lidl GB, you agree that we will share this data with the local planning authority as part of the planning process so they can verify the comments we receive are genuine. We may send you a follow up letter asking you to further support our proposal and contact you to update you on the progress of the application.
If our application is successful, your personal data will be stored for one month after the store opening. If Lidl no longer intends to build a store in the above location, your personal data will be retained for one month following our decision not to proceed.
For more information about how your personal data will be processed, please visit our website at If you would like to update how Lidl communicates with you, you can contact us at any time by emailing