Lidl UK today confirmed it has submitted a planning application for a new store in Epsom’s Upper High Street.
The proposed 2,844m2 store would include an instore bakery, longer-style tills with dual packing facilities, baby changing facilities and 112 car parking spaces.
The application also includes plans for 30 flats.
The supermarket giant had held an exhibition in January ahead of lodging the formal application with Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.
Lidl UK’s regional head of property, Chris Young-Wootton, said: “We have received an incredible amount of support from the local community and are delighted to announce that we have submitted a planning application with Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.
“If granted this would mark a multi-million pound investment in the area, and the creation of new jobs when the store opens.
“We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support and feedback so far and look forward to receiving the decision in due course.”
Lidl informally announced its plans for the “medium-sized foodstore” in April 2016 in an objection to rival chain Aldi’s application for the old Dairy Crest site just metres away.
The Aldi application was unanimously rejected by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s planning committee in April 2016.
Councillor George Wood said at the time: “In all my years on the planning committee I fail to recall a time when the planning officers have so definitively recommended refusal.”
If approved, the planned store in Epsom would add to Lidl’s existing store portfolio of 650.
The company hopes a decision will be made on the application towards the end of the summer, a spokesman stated.
The council has yet to set a date at which its planning committee would discuss the plans.
To view the application, search for 17/00001/FUL on Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s planning portal.
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