Statement: Meyer Homes seek judicial review of Kingston Council’s approval of new Lidl HQ

Meyer Homes, owner of the Former Government Offices site in Tolworth, is seeking a judicial review of Kingston Council’s decision to approve nearby plans for Lidl’s new UK headquarters.

In late August 2017, Meyer Homes, trading as Meyer Bergman Tolworth Limited, filed for a judicial review, stating the Lidl planning permission approval hadn’t resolved traffic issues and that all possible sites hadn’t been explored.

The new £70 million Lidl headquarters could see their office-based workforce grow from 450 to 750, with 5 percent of new roles being available for trainees or apprentices. The regeneration of the 4.8 acre Jubilee Way site is also set to bring with it a further £5m in infrastructure improvements for the local area, including the nearby A3 roundabout.

A decision was made by Kingston Council on 6 July 2016, refusing Meyer Homes’ application to build 705 homes on the grounds of scale, density and impact on traffic and highways. Following this, Meyer Homes lodged an appeal with the planning inspectorate.

The developer has recently also submitted revised plans, with 950 proposed homes on the site, which will be considered at an upcoming council Development Control Committee.

Members of Kingston Council’s Development Control Committee voted unanimously to grant planning permission to the Lidl in December 2016. The scheme was then referred to the Greater London Authority where the plans were supported by the Mayor of London.

Next steps

A judge will review Kingston Council and Meyer Bergman’s cases and make the decision whether or not it needs to go to judicial review. If it is found that a judicial review is necessary, the court proceedings are likely to begin in the new year.