Revised plans for a new £4m supermarket at Heacham could finally be approved next week.
West Norfolk Council’s planning committee is recommended to approve the application for a new Lidl store off the A149 on Monday.
Lidl is seeking full planning permission for the food store plus a car park with 129 spaces at the former filling station and Reg J Stainsby and Son garage in Lynn Road.
The development, expected to create 40 jobs, has been before the committee on two occasions.
Members rejected the application last year amid concerns about the building’s design and its potential impact on the nearby Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Concerns were also raised about road safety and the impact vehicles turning into and out of the store could have on traffic flow, particularly during the busy summer months when queues form on the A149.
The application was amended, but the planning committee refused it again in June, against the recommendation of council planning officers.
Lidl has appealed the 2015 decision to the Planning Inspectorate and in the meantime, it has re-submitted the application which was refused this year with some changes.
In a report to Monday’s meeting, officers say: “The application is largely the same as the recently refused application although there are some minor changes put forward and additional information has been submitted to address the reasons for refusal of the 2015 application.”
Officers conclude the new store would not have a “significant detrimental impact on the visual amenity of the locality or setting of the AONB and would not result in highway inefficiency or safety issues.”
But Heacham Parish Council has maintained its opposition to the application.
The council has said it is “disappointed” by the changes made to the application and remains concerned about the store’s impact on the road network, road safety and its design.