PLANS for a new Lidl supermarket in Coleford moved a step closer to fruition this week with the German retailer submitting a planning application to the district council.

The proposed 1,815 sq metre store would sit on a 1.5 acre site on Lords Hill next to Pyart Court and the existing Co-op.

Lidl’ UK’s regional head of property, Glen Stidever, commented: “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 Forest of Dean District Council.

“If granted, this would mark a multi-million pound investment in the town centre, 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, particularly those that attended our public consultation event last month and we now look forward to receiving the decision in due course.”

The plans for a new store on Lord’s Hill detail a sustainable store with 1,129m² sales area, and will create up to 40 new jobs for the local economy.

The supermarket facilities will include an in-store bakery, a customer toilet and ample parking for both cars and bicycles.

Nick Penny, Mayor of Coleford, said: “I am absolutely delighted that at last we are to have a new high profile retailer choosing to invest in Coleford."