LIDL looks set to open a new store at Greenbridge.

The supermarket chain has sent in planning and licensing applications to Swindon Borough Council in order to take over the old Homebase unit at the retail park.

Homebase left the unit in August 2019 after its sister store at the Orbital Shopping Park closed down. The latter is also set to be turned into a Lidl.

In its planning application, Lidl has said it will “undertake a modest programme of internal and external works to enhance the function and appearance of the retail unit to facilitate its occupation.”

This will include a new shopfront, rearrangement of the car park and a new trolley park.

The plans added the opening hours are currently proposed to be 8am- 10pm on Monday to Saturdays and 10am- 6pm on Sundays.

It adds the shopping trolleys will be controlled by a coin deposit system, saying: “Lidl’s experiences at existing stores confirms that this system is an effective means of ensuring trolleys are returned to the trolley park and secured appropriately.”

The store will employ up to 30 staff in full and part-time roles.

There are already two Lidl stores in Swindon, at Bright Street and in Rodbourne.

Lidl GB's regional head of property, Glen Stidever, said: "We have received an incredible amount of support from the local community and are delighted to announce that we have submitted a planning application for our new store on Greenbridge Retail Park.

"If granted this would mark the opening of our fourth store in Swindon and the creation of more new jobs when the store opens. We look forward to receiving the decision in due course"

The company added it is hoping to open the Greenbridge store later this year and the store at the Orbital will open in "early 2020."