Twenty-eight jobs could be created at a Penrith supermarket if its expansion plans are approved.
Aldi wants to extend its existing Castle Retail Park supermarket into a vacant neighbouring unit.
The unit, built in 2013, has never been occupied and the German chain has had to apply for permission to Eden District Council to use it as a planning condition currently restricts the vacant unit’s use.
The application, lodged by The Wellbeck Estates Company, seeks to get the condition removed in order to allow unrestricted retail use.
A statement accompanying the application says the unit in question is the last unoccupied building on the Castle Retail Park development as all the other units have been occupied for a number of years.
It said: “To this point, the only firm offer has been from the occupiers of the adjacent unit (Gibraltar Building) to expand into Unit 1(Sedan Building),” the statement add
In September, Aldi said there were plans to invest in and improve the current store in Cavendish Way.
At present, 20 full-time and seven part-time members of staff are employed at the supermarket and it is proposed an additional 28 full-time equivalent positions would be created.