PLANS have been revealed for an ASDA supermarket at the Daniels Industrial Estate in Stroud which could create 250 jobs.

The news comes just weeks after plans were revealed for a £15 million supermarket off the Ebley bypass at Ryeford.

Leicestershire-based developer Davidsons Crossmark says the store at the trading estate in Bath Road, Lightpill will create 250 jobs.

Proposals include a medium sized retail store, parking for more than 300 cars, a petrol station and a café.

Talks have already taken place with Stroud District Council and a public consultation event is due to be held before a planning application is submitted.

In a statement released this week, Paul Fong, of planning consultants Hunter Page Planning, said: "A supermarket would regenerate and improve the physical appearance of this area and give shoppers more variety and choice in a very sustainable location.

"It would also have a positive economic effect on the town creating many new jobs."

ASDA spokesman Oliver Jones added: "We are really excited at the prospect of becoming part of the community in Stroud.

"We are looking forward to presenting our plans to the community and more information about the potential new jobs will be available at the consultation event."

Industrial Sales, which owns the trading estate, says 25 per cent of units are currently vacant and it is difficult to let buildings because they are not suitable for modern businesses.

The company, which has owned the estate since 1986, says it has been speaking to tenants for some time about the need to redevelop.

One tenant is the Meningitis Trust, whose chief executive Sue Davis said they had known for some time that a redevelopment might be planned.

"Because we merged with Meningitis UK recently, it is not a bad time for us to be looking for a new home," she said.

"The important thing is that the charity won’t be out of pocket and there will be minimal disruption."

The largest tenant with 42 staff is Springfield Engineering.

Managing director Brian Davies said the business was in the process of downsizing and that the firm was ready for a move to a smaller, more modern unit.

“We are currently consolidating our business from three buildings into one with the introduction of new equipment, ready for the move into a smaller, more modern unit and are looking for possible sites in the Stroud area,” he said.

Details of the public consultation event will be announced soon.