COUNCILLORS have said there’s now an increased confidence in Caerphilly's retail offering following planning approval for a 'premium food store' at the Gallagher Retail Park.

The planning application for a high-end and national multiple food retailer, which could create up to 50 jobs was unanimously approved by members of Caerphilly’s planning committee.

The food retailer coming to the retail park is thought to be Marks and Spencer.

Morgan Jones Ward councillors James Pritchard and Shayne Cook also spoke to the committee to voice residents support for the plans and said approval of this application could lead to other big brands showing an interest in Caerphilly.

Cllr James Pritchard said: “Public opinion is strongly in favour of attracting well established household brands to Caerphilly, so as local councillors we’re contacting further big brand names to make the case for Caerphilly.”

Cllr Shayne Cook said: “Caerphilly residents deserve household brands within easy access. Merthyr and Talbot Green have thriving retail parks, so why not Caerphilly?

“The jobs boost this development is likely to bring should be seen as the beginning.”