By Sam Greasley-Machin

FORTY new jobs would come to Basingstoke if the proposed new Lidl store in Hatch Warren is given planning permission, the supermarket has said.

Discount retailer Lidl have confirmed details regarding a planning application for a potential new store in Hatch Warren Retail Park.

As reported in the Gazette previously, a planning application had been submitted to open a new in Hatch Warren by amalgamating Units 1 and 2 of the Retail Park.

Lidl confirmed to the Gazette that as reported, the planning application has been submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

They added that there will be a 1,208sqm sales area store which would bring 40 jobs to the area.

Lidl GB’s Regional Head of Property James Mitchell said that the retailer is delighted to announce the planning application - which could potentially bring multi-million pound investment to the area.

Mr Mitchell said: "We are delighted to announce that we've submitted a planning application with Basingstoke and Deane 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.”

The head of property for the region was also keen to thank everyone involved with the application process so far for their assistance and feedback.

He continued: “He 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."

As it stands Lidl are awaiting a date for a committee meeting to decide on the application and until then won’t have any further information on a prospective opening date.

Currently Unit 1 on the proposed site is empty after Argos relocated to the nearby Sainsbury’s and Unit 2, which would combine with Unit 1, houses Dreams, which would move into Unit 3 next door under the plans.

The original planning document states that there will be “external alterations to the building to provide a Lidl ‘shopfront’ and rear plant area; alterations to the adjoining car park; and a ‘change of use’ to allow food sales”.

The discount retailer already has two operating stores in Basingstoke, one in Chineham and the other on West Ham roundabout. Facilities at a third store would include a bakery and toilet.