Marks and Spencer's new Foodhall in North Cheam has come a step closer to reality with a planning application formally submitted to the council.

PPR Estates Ltd. has outlined its plans to Sutton Council for the site on 673 London Road in North Cheam.

The proposals would see the existing car sales building, Evans Autos, demolished with a new building being constructed as an M&S convenience store. Associated parking is also planned for the potential development as well as five homes.

The store would measure 1,146 square metres, across two floors, and create around 60 full and part time jobs. It is proposed it would open from 8am to 10pm from Monday to Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sundays.

It may also include 'a small ancillary in-store cafe operated by M&S'.

In a statement provided with the application, Marks and Spencer said the Foodhall would compliment its other stores in the area, including in Sutton and Epsom town centres and in Colliers Wood. It said: "M&S has been seeking a site for an additional food offer in this general area for several years to complement the larger Clothing & Home stores, provide a facility for regular convenience shopping, including by car and increase its market share."

An M&S spokesman told Sutton Guardian: “We’re proposing to bring a new foodhall to North Cheam and look forward to updating the local community as plans progress.”

Evans Autos told Sutton Guardian that although proposals had been submitted they were offering no further comment until an official decision has been made.

PPR Estates has been contacted for a comment.

The consultation period commenced on July 7 and will finish on August 4.