London-based ROM Capital has submitted proposals for Aldi and Argos to occupy its redeveloped Bescot Retail Park in Walsall centre in the West Midlands.

Aldi is expected to take a 1,600 sq ft unit while Argos Extra will occupy 1,900 sq ft, depending on planning consent expected by the end of March.

‘We're keen to employ locally and thereby significantly boost the local economy,’ said Daren Burney, chief executive of ROM Capital Group.

‘We're optimistic because we understand how our proposals will tackle the area's historic problems - crime and the lack of the footfall pull which a group of flagship stores would generate.’

CSJ Brooke Smith, Chartered Planning and Development Consultants are advising.