A SUPERMARKET and a discount store could move in to a vacant canalside DIY shed.

The move, at the former Focus DIY premises in Vicars Cross, is due to be considered by the borough’s strategic planning committee this afternoon (Thursday, June 20).

Aldi Stores has applied to take over 1,430sq m of the building with Liverpool based discounter Home Bargains occupying 1,124sq m. The adjacent Carpet Factory is not affected.

The DIY store ceased trading in 2011 according to a report.

Both the businesses would trade from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Unrestricted hours had been proposed for deliveries but these had been changed to 7am to 11pm seven days a week.

Great Boughton Parish Council has raised traffic concerns particularly along Tarvin Road and Vicars Cross Road.

It also believes the traffic lights at Shed Lane should be altered as vehicles can wait for more than five minutes.

Overall, however, councillors say they back the application.

There are no objections from the highway authority.

Neighbours have sent in three objections and one letter in support.

Concerns raised include loss of parking near Bridge Terrace, wildlife, traffic taking account of the Waitrose development in Boughton and deliveries.

Recommending the application should be approved, planners suggest the retail development would provide increased customer choice and competition on that side of the city, benefiting the community without having any significant effect on the city centre or other retail centres.

The stores will also offer employment.