Arnold Clark given green light for new showroom on Aberdeen supermarket site

Another of the Arnold Clark Volvo branches in Aberdeen
Another of the Arnold Clark Volvo branches in Aberdeen

Arnold Clark has been granted permission to demolish a former Lidl supermarket to create a new car dealership in Aberdeen.

A change of use request to open a Volvo showroom and a service workshop at the Lidl site on Wellington Road, in Torry, has been agreed by Aberdeen City Council.

The proposed site is just yards from the old Arnold Clark Service Centre on Girdleness Road, which was destroyed by fire in 2015.

Planning consent was given despite two formal objections, which claimed there could be road safety issues.

However, the council was satisfied 105 parking spaces on the site would be sufficient and officers had no road safety concerns.

In a report, council planning officer Gavin Clark said: “The proposal has been assessed, and amended since its original to take account of concerns from officers in the roads development management team in relation to parking and internal layouts.

“The amended plans were considered to be acceptable and subsequently there were no concerns with the amended layout or in terms of road safety.”

Lidl is looking to move to the Peter Vardy Land Rover site on nearby Greenwell Road, East Tullos.

The council is considering a planning application from Lidl to change the use of the land and build a store there.

Lidl's plans for an upgraded store nearby
Lidl’s plans for an upgraded store nearby

The proposal for a 32,000 sq ft food store has been designed by Manson Architects.

A Lidl spokesman said: “Lidl is looking to upgrade and relocate its store on Wellington Road to a new site on the corner of Wellington Road and Greenwell Road.

“The proposed replacement store would be one of the first of Lidl’s new specification stores in the UK.”

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