Lidl has been given permission to build a supermarket on the old Halfords site in Mitcham.

The firm first announced plans to open in the town in 2016 as part of its wider ambition to open 60 new stores a year. An initial application was rejected in last June before amended plans were passed by Merton Council this month.

Construction is due to start this summer on the 1,291 square metre site.

Lidl said the store in Streatham Road, which will include a bakery, will create 40 new jobs.

Lidl UK’s regional head of property, Chris Young-Wootton, said: “We could not be more delighted to have received planning permission, and look forward to getting started on construction.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their continued support, and very much look forward to opening our doors and offering our fresh, quality, great value products in the not too distant future.”