A planning application has been submitted for an extension to the Aldi supermarket in Stevenage.

The supermarket currently has a shop floor space of 870 square metres - this would be increased by more than 40 per cent, to 1,229 square metres, if the application is approved by Stevenage Borough Council.

The total internal floor space of the building would rise from 1,295 square metres to 1,631 square metres.

Under the plans, the northern and western sides of the building would be extended, away from Fairlands Way and towards Pets at Home.

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On the eastern side, the entrance would be modernised and the trolley bay would be removed and replaced by a larger canopy.

There are 95 parking spaces for the store, and this number would remain unchanged.

According to a report submitted as part of the planning application, Aldi aims to keep the retail floor space inside all of its stores within a specific range. The Stevenage store currently falls below this range, but would be brought inside it if the proposed extension goes ahead.