A supermarket has submitted plans to expand after a surge in popularity.
Aldi, on Heys Lane Industrial Estate, Great Harwood has submitted plans to create an additional 36 car parking spaces after an increase in demand.
The supermarket has noted that increasingly customers are ‘arriving, finding no spaces and leaving’.
A design and access statement submitted to Hyndburn council said: “Aldi has experienced a period of strong growth in the UK over the past few years.
“This is strongly positive for Aldi but has resulted in instances of severe congestion at peak times at some stores due to their particular popularity.
“This creates highway safety problems and results in the store losing customers who choose to shop elsewhere to avoid the parking problems at those particular busy stores.
“This effectively means that people who would ideally like to shop at Aldi are being prevented from doing so by the inadequate car parking facilities, reducing the store’s potential turnover, number of customers and therefore the number of people they can employ.”
The report added: “This creates an urgent need to extend some stores’ car parks to provide more spaces.
“These instances of congestion are happening at the Aldi Great Harwood store.”
The application submitted is for the total number of car parking spaces across the entire car park to increase from 76 to 112.
This will include 11 mobility spaces and nine parent and child spaces.
In addition, 10 car parking spaces on the southern boundary of the site will be removed and in their place will be a hatched HGV parking space that will allow a second delivery vehicle to access the site without causing congestion in the customer parking areas.
The design and access statement read: “It is considered that an extension to the car park in this location would not affect the environment or amenity of residents on Station Road.”
The application was submitted on July 9 and will be considered by Hyndburn council’s planning committee.