People doing up their homes in Chippenham will have another place to shop if plans for a new builders merchants in the town are approved.

Regional chain Kellaway has applied to Wiltshire Council to build a new store next to the Methuen Park business park.

The firm, which currently has 14 branches across the west, has also applied to put up two smaller unit which other firms could use on land which is currently undeveloped.

Its 1,800 square metre store would serve trade and DIY customers, employ around a dozen people, and be closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.

The site it has earmarked is between the existing Methuen Park business park and Easton Lane, where applications for housing have been rejected.

A report submitted as part of the application stresses Kellaway’s environmental credentials and family ownership.

Application documents say the firm has been encouraged by the success of a branch it opened in Swindon in 2010.

The town’s biggest DIY store is the nearby B&Q outlet, with Wickes also having a store at the other end of the town.

The application says the other two units could employ a total of up to 27 staff.