SUPERMARKET-GIANT Aldi have submitted plans for a new store in Southampton.

The German grocery chain has put forward a second submission to build a new multimillion-pound supermarket in Bursledon Road – less than a mile from the nearest Lidl.

Aldi hopes to turn the site, part of the East Point Centre complex, into a new supermarket, which it says will create up to 40 local jobs.

It comes after plans were rejected by civic chiefs last year for its a "poor layout, unsafe access, and insufficient landscaping".

A spokesperson from Aldi said: “ALDI has been looking for further representation in Southampton for some considerable time, and considers the site of the former East Point Centre on Bursledon Road to be ideal.

"It has conducted extensive consultation with local residents and is delighted that 82 per cent of respondents said they were supportive of the proposals. ALDI has listened to the feedback from Southampton City Council and key stakeholders, including members of the public, about its initial application and responded with the submission of a new and improved, revised proposal.

"The scheme no longer includes a coffee drive-thru and incorporates a thoroughly thought out revised access arrangement, which separates the entry and exit points on Bursledon Road.

"These result in an improved site layout and greater landscaping.

"A new store represents a significant investment in Southampton by ALDI, and will reduce the need for local residents to travel further afield for food shopping and lead to approximately 40 new job opportunities for the local area.”