ALDI in Widnes town centre could be demolished and replaced by a larger store with the creation of 10 new jobs.

Plans have been submitted to Halton Borough Council’s Development Management Committee to flatten the existing supermarket on Green Oaks Way and construct a new, bigger Aldi in its place.

Permission was granted for the existing 1,450 sq m store back in 1995 but the new supermarket would be over 400 sq m larger.

The new store would have fewer car parking spaces but four of them would have electric charging points. The plans also include additional spaces for bicycles, motorbikes and extra disabled spaces.

There would also be an increase in the number of employees at the site from the current 24 to 34.

A report to council planning chiefs, said: "The proposed food store would replace an existing one, providing a more modern energy efficient building, with a net increase of 430 sq m of gross external area.

“The existing site is considered to be sequentially preferable as there are no other suitable sites available within or on the edge of the town centre.”

With 900 stores, Aldi is the UK’s fifth biggest supermarket chain and recently announced it was eyeing up 16 areas across Cheshire for new stores, with Runcorn and Widnes among them.

A report to the committee said the company had scouted 16 potential alternative sites for a new supermarket in Widnes town centre, including DW Sports on Cross Street and another site on Widnes Road. All were deemed unsuitable, prompting the decision to knock down the current store and build a new one there instead.

The plans will go before the committee next Monday, August 9 where they are recommended for approval.