LIDL wants to extend the hours in which it can have supplies delivered to its Prestonpans store as it prepares to move its regional distribution centre to the other side of the country.

The supermarket chain is currently building a new centre in North Lanarkshire which will replace its current base in Livingston.

It has asked East Lothian Council to extend the times it can deliver to its Prestonpans store, saying it needs greater flexibility.

Planning conditions included in the building of the store restrict deliveries to between 7am and 8pm daily.

Lidl has asked council planners to change the hours to 6am to 9pm Monday through to Saturday, while leaving Sunday at the old hours.

It said: “In order to ensure goods are able to be delivered timeously to stores throughout Scotland, and also to allow for the efficient return to the regional distribution centre of all packaging materials for recycling, the company increasingly needs greater flexibility for the timing of service deliveries to its stores.

“Condition 8 of the consent for the High Street store places restrictions on the potential times available for the delivery of goods to the store and the current application is seeking a modest extension to the hours.

“This will support the operation of the store so it is able to provide the highest quality of service to its customers in the local Prestonpans area, as well as ensuring the continued viability of the store and its ability to provide important local employment.”