A DECISION on the application by German-supermarket chain Lidl to build a store in Malvern Link will not be made until October.

Two planning applications were submitted to Malvern Hills District Council by the discount food store back in March.

One was for the supermarket building and car park and the other was for consent to demolish all the existing buildings on the site, which is in a Conservation Area.

Both applications have raised concern among local residents and 31 letters of objection have been sent to the Council planning department.

Objections were raised over Lidl's plans to demolish existing buildings which include Victorian cottages, the likelihood of an increase in traffic congestion in Malvern Link and noise and light pollution

The plans show the building set back from the Worcester Road on the former eurohaus site with a single access point at the front and with 97 parking spaces at the front and side.

David Murray, head of development control at Malvern Hills District Council, said it was a complicated application.

"We've had various things requested such as information on the traffic impact and they've had to submit an application for Conservation Area consent and that's why it's taken longer," he said.