PLANS for a new supermarket in a west Cumbrian town ‘with limited food shopping choice’ are moving forward.

Aldi has lodged a planning application with Cumberland Council for a new food store on land at East Road/Wyndham Place, in Egremont.

The discount food retailer said it was aware that many of its customers in the area travel further afield, often to Whitehaven, to access Aldi’s products.

The proposed site, which Aldi wants to redevelop, has not been used since 2020, previously serving the community as a petrol station and Ford dealership.

It has been allocated as an ‘opportunity site’ suitable for commercial and employment development within the emerging Local Plan.

Aldi said a new food store at this site would meet local demand and cut travel times for residents in an area ‘with limited food shopping choice’.

The scheme would provide up to 40 new, full time equivalent jobs and has attracted a significant level of local support during the public consultation in December.

A spokesperson for Aldi, said: “We are delighted to have submitted our plans for a new Aldi food store in Egremont. We’d like to thank the community for their incredibly high level of engagement with our consultation.

“We’re looking forward to our plans being determined by Cumberland Council. A new Aldi food store at this site would greatly improve the local retail offer, allowing people to access our products without having to travel to Whitehaven on a regular basis.”

The planning application can be viewed on the Cumberland Council website, using the application reference 4/24/2044/0F1.