Proposals for a new express supermarket in a parade of shops have been submitted.

Supermarket chain Tesco has submitted proposals to Harrow Borough Council’s planning department to open a new store in Station Parade, Whitchurch Lane.

The Harrow Times reported this year the firm was planning to open an express store in the parade, which led to traders nearby raising concerns about competition.

Proposals include the installation of chillers and freezers, a new shopfront and the installation of a cash machine.

Prakash Gandhi, who runs the Canons Park Newsagents, in Station Parade, said: “Our business has been here for 35 years and we are very worried about Tesco opening.

“A lot of independent businesses here would be affected by it because it does so much and would eat into our profits.

“The fact is it would really hurt business for the whole parade and it would slowly kill it off in the long run.

“Everything is very uncertain and it would be such a shame if we had to close.

“We hadn’t heard anything about the store for some time and when we first did the petition we thought it would have been open by now."

Concerns have also been raised by neighbours about the impact a new store would have on traffic and parking.

Earlier this year Mr Gandhi and fellow traders collected more than 500 signatures in a petition against the proposed store.

At the time of the trader’s petition Tesco told the Harrow Times the new store would help create up to 20 new jobs.

The company also said its express stores draw more shoppers to an area and give them another reason to shop locally.

Any decision on the proposals for the new store will be decided by Harrow Borough Council in the coming months.