A planning application to build a new supermarket on the site of an old market has been submitted.

Budget supermarket chain Aldi has put forward plans to demolish Pershore Market in King George’s Way to make way for the new store.

Most of the site would be demolished to make way for the new supermarket but Billing House, which is home to the St Richard’s Hospice Bric-A-Brac shop, and the Market Gate building, with a new façade, would remain.

A total of 124 car parking spaces would be provided on the site including several electric charging spaces. Aldi said the neighbouring High Street car park would not be affected by the work.

The new supermarket would provide between 40 and 50 jobs according to the application.

The expected opening hours would be 8am to 10pm between Monday and Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sundays.

Earlier this year, Aldi agreed to buy the 40-year-old market building off the town’s King George’s Way in a bid to turn it into a new supermarket.

In a statement included with the application, Aldi said it would need all of the current occupiers to move to make way for the new supermarket.

It said: “The application site currently accommodates various buildings, include the Pershore Market building, a veterinary surgery, an office occupied by NFU, a building most recently used as a printing business and a surface-level car parking area, most of which is accessed from King George’s Way, along with a small area which is informally used by the adjacent garage but which is owned and controlled by the owners of the application site.

“The submitted application will require all of the current occupiers of the buildings in the application site to relocate, although we understand that many of the traders in the market building will remain in Pershore and the other business will find premises in the wider area.”

West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin said she has met with stallholders at the indoor market to hear their plans for the future and welcomed the boost the £5 million new Aldi supermarket would give the town.

“Pershore is already a wonderful place to shop with lots of independent retailers,” she said.

“Bearing in mind the proposed new location and the impact this may have on tenants at the indoor market, I took the time to walk around with representatives from Aldi and talk to them about their plans if the store is approved.

“The final decision on the store will be made by Wychavon District Councillors but if it goes ahead, I am confident that Aldi and the local economic development team will make sure that stallholders are well supported to find new locations if needed.

“The new Aldi should be a boost for local people and the local economy.”

You can have your say on the plan by visiting Wychavon District Council’s website. The application number is W/23/02043/FUL and consultation ends on November 16.