Dorset’s last livestock market site has been sold.

North Dorset District councillors welcomed the controversial sale of the Shaftesbury site to Lidl. The supermarket chain plans to build a  new store on the site.

The council believes the development will ‘provide more facilities for the town, new jobs and economic benefits to Shaftesbury.’ But some residents believe that loss of car parking spaces was only one issue that concerned them, as Shaftesbury’s economic vitality depended on adequate car parking.

Lidl’s plans include an in-store bakery, and ample parking for cars and bicycles as part of a multi-million pound investment. Its aim is to boost the local economy through creating new jobs and using local suppliers in the new store construction.

A public consultation day is planned to outline the plans.

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