Plans have been made for a new Lidl supermarket to be built at the site of a former DIY store.

Lidl is seeking approval from Mid Sussex District Council to demolish the Homebase building in London Road, East Grinstead, and build a new supermarket on the same site.

The discount supermarket chain, originally founded in Germany, was already given approval to take over the existing Homebase building in 2021.

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If the new plans are approved, a spokesman for Lidl said the demolition and construction work will begin at the earliest opportunity.

According to the supermarket chain, the new store would provide "a lighter, more spacious sales area" with full-height glazing to the front and no suspended ceiling.

Solar panels would also be installed on top of the roof.

Inside the store, Lidl said there will be a bakery area and a 1,373sqm sales area.

The plans state that there will be 105 parking spaces outside including six disabled spaces, ten parent and child spaces, and two electric vehicle charging spaces.

The Argus: The former Homebase store may be demolishedThe store would be open every day and is expected to create up to 40 new jobs in the community.

Despite Lidl already having planning permission to take over the Homebase store, residents in the area have still submitted objections towards the new proposals to construct a new building.

One person living in London Road said: "A food store would mean more deliveries at unsociable hours increasing traffic and noise which would affect sleeping residents.

"I would be concerned about highway safety issues and the significant overbearing impact and loss of outlook.

"We already have Aldi a few metres away.

"The A22 is already a very busy road and another supermarket would only increase traffic and congestion after the Lingfield Road roundabout."

Another East Grinstead resident said: "I am one of many residents in this town who disagree that we need another supermarket.

"The town already has three supermarkets which out-compete the neighbouring smaller retailers."

Mid Sussex District Council will decide whether to approve the plans by July 23.