SOUTH Lanarkshire Council has given permission for the construction of a brand new Lidl store in Larkhall.

The new supermarket will be built on the town’s Carlisle Road.

The supermarket first revealed in January 2018 that it wanted to open a new store at the site of the closed Sefton Park Care Home as part of its ongoing expansion in the UK.

Construction is estimated to start on site in the spring with a view to open the store in 2020.

The multi million-pound investment will see Lidl build a sustainable store with 1286m² sales area with plans to create up to 25 new jobs.

The supermarket will feature facilities including an instore bakery, customer toilets and “ample parking” for both cars and bicycles.

Lidl UK’s regional head of property, Gordon Rafferty, said: “We could not be more delighted to have received planning permission, and look forward to getting started on construction.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their continued support, and very much look forward to opening our doors and offering our fresh, quality, great value products in the not too distant future.”

Lidl has experienced continued growth in Scotland over the years as more and more cost-conscious consumers flock to budget supermarkets.

The refurbishment of the Larkhall store will add to Lidl’s existing store portfolio In the UK of 720, and will form part of the company’s growth plans, which will see it open to 50 new stores a year across the UK.