A SUPERMARKET giant will split its new home in two – but has not revealed who will become its neighbour.

Lidl has submitted plans to Colchester Council to convert the old Homebase, in St Andrew’s Avenue, Colchester, into its latest superstore.

The brand announced its plans to take over the site last April and held a public consultation.

The application is for external alterations and dividing the building into two units.

The Gazette asked Lidl who would be occupying the second smaller unit but it would not be drawn on who may open up next door.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm that our application proposes splitting the existing unit into two, with the smaller unit being sublet, to suit our standard store specification.”

The plans also includes a change of use to allow food retail and landscaping and a 180-space car park.

The multi-million pound investment will create up to 40 jobs.

Lidl UK’s Regional Head of Property, Andrew Hodgkinson, said: “We are happy to announce that we have submitted a planning application with Colchester Council.

“If granted this would mark a multi-million pound investment in the area, and the creation of new jobs when the store opens.

“We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support and feedback so far and look forward to receiving the decision in due course.”

Lidl already has stores in Gosbecks Road and Abbot’s Road in the town.

Residents have until January 24 to have their say on colchester.gov.uk.

Colchester Council is expected to decide on the plans by February 15.