PLANS to massively expand a discount store in Wickford are set to be approved.

Aldi, in The Broadway, Wickford, wants to increase the shop floor from 980sq m to 1,254 sq m, making it the same size as about 12 tennis courts.

The plans were submitted to Basildon Council last year, and have been recommended for approval at the development committee meeting next week.

Should the plans go ahead, historic buildings from 2 to 12 The Broadway will be demolished to provide additional space.

Aldi have stated the new and expanded store will create 50 new jobs, and provide space for a maximum of 124 car parking spaces.

Council officers have said the plans would enhance the appearance of the site and improve the customer shopping experience in Wickford.

The development committee will meet next Tuesday to make a decision.