PLANS to allow Bridgwater's new Aldi supermarket to extend its delivery times by two hours should be turned down, according to Bridgwater Town Council.

The large new superstore being constructed on the Northgate site already has permission for deliveries to arrive between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.

But now the company is seeking permission to extend that delivery window by two hours, to 6am until midnight.

Aldi say this would provide them with a larger window to complete their stock delivery and restocking the shelves when the store is at its quietest.

The supermarket adds that it would also allow delivery vehicles to be on the road when traffic is quieter and would avoid potential impacts and delays.

But Bridgwater Town Council are objecting the proposal, highlighting that the original condition to not have deliveries outside the hours of 7am to 11pm was put in to protect nearby residents from noise and disturbance, and should remain in place.

However Sedgemoor District Council's planning officers say that given the physical layout of the site's delivery area at the rear of the building, 'there will be little impact from opening up of the delivery door and the unloading of goods at an earlier hour'.

The proposal is recommended for approval at Sedgemoor District Council's development committee meeting, set to take place on Tuesday, June 2.