Councillors will consider a call in request regarding plans for a new discount supermarket in Irvine.

Plans to build a new Lidl supermarket near the Stanecastle Roundabout will be heard North Ayrshire Council’s Planning Committee (Wednesday, January 22)

This will decide whether Lidl’s application will be decided by elected members on the planning committee or be dealt with by officers under delegated powers - following a request from a councillor.

And a LIDL Action Group, made up of members of the community have pledged to fight for the new store.

The application for the store, which would be located at Stanecastle Roundabout, has been widely supported by  residents and welcomed by Irvine Community Council.

The new store at Stanecastle Roundabout would also provide up to 40 new full and part-time jobs.

Gordon Rafferty, Head of Property - Scotland, Lidl GB said: “We hope members will accept the call in request as it allows the Planning Committee to consider our proposal and the benefits it could bring to Irvine.

“We would like to thank local residents for the incredible amount of support we’ve received throughout the process for our proposed new store which, if granted, would mark a multi-million pound investment in Irvine, as well as the creation of new jobs.”

John Taylor of Lidl Action Group said: “We will continue to do everything in our power to bring Lidl to Stanecastle. We believe it would give us a supermarket in a convenient location, close to neighbourhoods whose retail needs aren’t being met.

“Stanecastle Roundabout is well connected with public transport with three buses that pass over Manson Drive frequently. Lidl have also committed to upgrading the nearby footpath which will also improve accessibility for local pedestrians travelling to and from the store.

“Our friends and neighbours across Irvine know that there is an immediate need for this store in this location.” 

The application is due to be determined by North Ayrshire Council on Wednesday, January 22.