LIDL has reaffirmed its commitment to building a super-market at the former eurohaus garage in Malvern Link, despite advertising it for let.

If a planning application by the budget supermarket chain is refused once again, the company says it will lease the site to another car-related business while continuing to fight for a new store.

"We still have a long-term commitment to the site," said Lidl property executive Colin Rimmer.

Mr Rimmer said Lidl was advertising it for let as a possible car showroom or MoT business, to get some interest before a decision was made on its current planning application.

"If our application is unsuccessful, we'll have it occupied for the long-term battle," he said. "Our plans haven't changed at all."

David Murray, head of development control for Malvern Hills District Council, said Lidl's planning application did not go to committee last week, as officers needed to do more work with the applicant.

He said there was a possibility of the application being discussed at the southern area development control meeting on February 16.

Planning permission is not needed for a car showroom or MoT business at the site, as it was formerly occupied by the eurohaus garage.

Lidl has been hoping to build a supermarket since it bought the site in 2000. However, permission was refused in 2001, after pressure from local residents opposed to the plan.