A GIANT discount retailer is continuing to fight to bring a store to Tadley after councillors rejected the proposal last month.

On July 9, West Berkshire councillors voted against the planning application where the Lidl superstore would be built between Aldermaston Road and Silchester Road – by a majority of nine to two.

The district planning committee voiced concerns over the application’s green field site, contending that the site would set a precedent for future development and that the scheme went against planning policy.

After the German discount supermarket heard of the decision, it confirmed its plans of building a store in the area.

A Lidl spokesman said: “We have received overwhelming support from the local community for our plans to deliver a store to Tadley and share their disappointment in this decision.

“We want to reassure residents that we remain committed to bringing our fresh, quality and great value produce to the local area.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have shared positive comments with us throughout the planning process and particularly following the committee’s decision.

“We will now take some time to consider next steps and will share an update on our plans as soon as we are in a position to do so.”