A new Lidl store could be coming to Erith despite a previous application being rejected.

The site on Fraser Road is currently occupied by five DIY and home improvement stores, which will be demolished if the new plans are approved.

A previous application for Lidl was refused by Bexley Council in April of this year.

The plans were rejected on the grounds of the impact on the environment and that a Lidl store would be going into a designated space for the sale of non-food goods only.

The original plans also proposed a 111 spaced car park, however the newest application has changed that to a proposed 99 space.

The new plans also say that the store will provide a "modern resource that will benefit the whole community", and enhance the local community by providing full-time and part time employment.

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"We consider that the proposed buildings will integrate successfully into the existing built environment and will be of social and commercial benefits to the area," a document attached to the application read.

The new plans also boast of how energy efficient the new store would be.

Whether that be movement sensors on the lighting or keeping water consumption low, Lidl says it is determined to cover all bases.

There will be six designated disabled spaces as well as seven for mother and child spots close to the entrance for easy access.

A tree assessment has also taken place after concerns were raised over the protection of Tree Preservation Order (TPO).

However the assessment reads: "There will be no construction within that area of the site falling within the TPO area and the distance between new hard surfacing and the perimeters of the Root Protection Areas is in excess of four metres.

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"Hard surfacing between car park spaces 5 to 12 will be as the existing area. Adjacent trees are situated above the parking area on a steep bank. It is considered unlikely therefore that any significant roots from the nearest trees extend under the existing hard surfacing."

A Bexley Council spokesperson said: "An application has been submitted to the Council.

"We are consulting local residents on the proposals and we will assess the application against our planning policies, taking into account information submitted by the applicant and residents."