Architects welcome Lidl's housebuilding plans

Boyes Rees Architects' scheme for Lidl in Alperton

German firm wants to build 3,000 homes alongside new stores

German grocer Lidl’s entry into construction shows mixed-use schemes are the future of developments in the UK, according to industry analysts.

Lidl announced this week that it plans to build more than 3,000 homes and a primary school around London in the space of just three years.

The discount grocer has already built 335 homes, with a further 476 in the pipeline, as it increasingly pursues mixed-use developments in order to get consent for shops in areas with struggling pre-existing retailers.

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