A new aerial video has revealed the advanced stage of a multi-million-pound development in Ulverston.

The Beehive Business Park in Ulverston is progressing beyond schedule, with the facility set to open to the public by the first half of 2020.

The first phase of the development will bring Aldi and Marks & Spencer food hall to the business park, on land off the A590, and also includes two other employment units, one of which is a purpose-designed base for high-end Lakeland meat provider Lake District Farmers.

A new aerial video of the multi-million-pound development shows that the roofs are in place on all four of the buildings which will make up the first phase of the project.

External cladding is largely complete on the Aldi, M&S Food Store and the Screwfix Warehouse, and internal work is being carried out to prepare for the fit out of the units.

A spokesman for the developers Rawdon Property Group said: "Our main contractor Caddick Construction has done a splendid job in driving progress on the site despite some very wet conditions.

"Having the buildings in the first phase at such an advanced stage means we are not so dependent on the weather, and will allow internal work to continue through the winter months.

"That should ensure that M&S Food, Aldi and Screwfix can confidently make their plans for opening in the first half of 2020.

“We are now just months away from having two new retail stores in Ulverston and a huge number of jobs for the town."

No precise dates have yet been set, but Marks and Spencer has already stated that the aim is to have the new store open by Spring next year.

The spokesman added: "M&S will be the first store to open, and we will be working hard to ensure that the other buildings are ready for handover and occupation as soon as possible.

"Importantly, it will encourage more local people to do their main shopping in Ulverston rather than travelling to Barrow, and will attract people from the surrounding communities such as Dalton, Coniston and Grange."