Have your say: should the old Organ and Dragon pub become a Lidl?

This Is Local London: KFC has sold the old Organ and Dragon site to Lidl KFC has sold the old Organ and Dragon site to Lidl

Do you want the old Organ and Dragon pub to be turned into a Lidl supermarket?

After two failed attempts to turn the site, in London Road, Ewell, into a fast-food restaurant and takeaway last year, KFC has sold it to the budget supermarket chain.

And, due to loopholes in planning law, Lidl may not need planning permission from Epsom Council for the conversion.

Ewell councillor Clive Woodbridge said: "I was a little bit surprised at the sale given the fact that the Plannning Inspectorate rejected KFC so firmly on highway safety grounds that Lidl thinks it's a suitable site for a supermarket.  But they have a right to put an application in and we have to wait and see where that takes them. 

"It will be a challenging site to develop into a supermarket.

"The area is actually quite well-provided for in terms of shops but Lidl is a particular brand so maybe it would compliment what's already on offer."

CAMRA research shows that more than 200 pubs across Britain were converted into supermarket convenience stores between January 2010 and November 2012.

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4:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

chillieman says...

I THINK A LIDL SHOP WOULD BE VERY VERY NICE INDEED BUT HOW ABOUT THIS FOR AN IDEA ,HOW ABOUT A LIDL SUPERMARKET WITH An ALABAMA FRIED PORK ROAST HUT TAKEAWAY ON THE SIDE OR MAYBE A DRIVE THRU GRANDMAS SPICY BOILED ROADKILL SHACK INSTEAD,THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS. I THINK IT MAY RAIN LATER ..LOVE AND PEACE ,THE CHILLIEMAN :)
I THINK A LIDL SHOP WOULD BE VERY VERY NICE INDEED BUT HOW ABOUT THIS FOR AN IDEA ,HOW ABOUT A LIDL SUPERMARKET WITH An ALABAMA FRIED PORK ROAST HUT TAKEAWAY ON THE SIDE OR MAYBE A DRIVE THRU GRANDMAS SPICY BOILED ROADKILL SHACK INSTEAD,THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS. I THINK IT MAY RAIN LATER ..LOVE AND PEACE ,THE CHILLIEMAN :) chillieman
  • Score: -6

5:15pm Wed 12 Feb 14

EwellMan says...

Whats the choices?

1. Turn back to a restaurant or pub? - Nice but Unlikely
2. Turn into a fast food joint - Definately Not!
3. Leave as is - Wast of an old building!
4. Turn into flats - Not ideal but at least its used!
5. Turn into a retirement block - Less cars and access issues?

What else is there?
Whats the choices? 1. Turn back to a restaurant or pub? - Nice but Unlikely 2. Turn into a fast food joint - Definately Not! 3. Leave as is - Wast of an old building! 4. Turn into flats - Not ideal but at least its used! 5. Turn into a retirement block - Less cars and access issues? What else is there? EwellMan
  • Score: 4

5:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

ticktock says...

WHAT A LOAD OF ****,,,

HOW ABOUT A 24 HOUR WALK IN MEDICAL CENTER,

THERE ARE TO MANY SHOP SPRINGING UP.
AT THE TOP OF RD ALDI THEN A TESCO'S BY THE KINGFISHER,
CRAP IT BECOMING A JOKE
WHAT A LOAD OF ****,,, HOW ABOUT A 24 HOUR WALK IN MEDICAL CENTER, THERE ARE TO MANY SHOP SPRINGING UP. AT THE TOP OF RD ALDI THEN A TESCO'S BY THE KINGFISHER, CRAP IT BECOMING A JOKE ticktock
  • Score: 4

7:46pm Wed 12 Feb 14

zyggy_baker says...

Why can't they convert the Organ & Dragon into flats? Surely it would be better to make places for people to live, than to build yet another superstore, when there's plenty in the area anyway!
Why can't they convert the Organ & Dragon into flats? Surely it would be better to make places for people to live, than to build yet another superstore, when there's plenty in the area anyway! zyggy_baker
  • Score: 3

3:35pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Maybe it could be partly a small supermarket combined with a small eatery.
They could call it a Lidl Chef.
Maybe it could be partly a small supermarket combined with a small eatery. They could call it a Lidl Chef. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 5

12:37pm Fri 14 Feb 14

SheilaBB90 says...

Definately need a Lidl or Aldi, sure - we have Sainsbury's, Co-Op and Budgens, but they are all way expensive. Definately NOT FLATS, too many around already.
Definately need a Lidl or Aldi, sure - we have Sainsbury's, Co-Op and Budgens, but they are all way expensive. Definately NOT FLATS, too many around already. SheilaBB90
  • Score: -3

3:58pm Sun 16 Feb 14

ellangeeswimming says...

As a close resident to this site I cannot see how a Lidl is going to be any
different from the KFC in terms of traffic, so why would this be any more acceptable.
As a close resident to this site I cannot see how a Lidl is going to be any different from the KFC in terms of traffic, so why would this be any more acceptable. ellangeeswimming
  • Score: 3

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