Plans to expand district centre

Nearly 200 new jobs could be created if plans to expand a retail park are approved.

Proposals have been drawn up for a multi-million pound development to the west of the existing Northumberland Park District Centre in Shiremoor.

Our proposals would help to deliver the expansion of the existing Northumberland Park District Centre and meet the objectives of the Local Plan

Colin Barnes, of The Northumberland Estates

Northumberland Estates is working on the plans which include a new 20,000sq ft discount foodstore and non-retail outlets – creating 186 new full and part-time jobs.

There are also proposals for a new food and drink pod, a petrol filling station, around 364 additional parking spaces, extensive landscaping and new links to the Metro interchange and the existing district centre, where Sainsbury’s is the anchor tenant.

A public exhibition is to be held next week to gauge residents’ views ahead of an outline planning application being submitted to North Tyneside Council.

National planning, design and economics consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP), which is acting on behalf on behalf of Northumberland Estates, is leading the consultation.

The public exhibition will take place at The Pavilion public house at Hotspur North, Backworth Business Park, between 2pm and 7pm on Wednesday, June 3.

Colin Barnes, of The Northumberland Estates, said: “Our proposals would help to deliver the expansion of the existing Northumberland Park District Centre and meet the objectives of the Local Plan.

“We would encourage as many residents as possible to come and view the proposals, so that their comments can be taken into account in the planning application.”

Dan Gregg, a senior planner at NLP’s Newcastle office, said: “Northumberland Park is currently served by a district centre, which contains a Sainsbury’s supermarket and a number of smaller shops.

“However, as the local population grows, there is a need to enhance the range of shopping provision

“The proposals will enhance the shopping facilities available to residents, both in the local area and North Tyneside as a whole, and reduce the need to travel elsewhere.

“They will also generate spin-off trade for other local businesses, including those within the existing district centre, and be conveniently accessible given their proximity to the Metro station and various bus stops.

“The development could provide a significant boost for the local economy, creating around 186 new full and part time jobs, as well as other spin-off and construction employment.”

The proposals can also be viewed at www.northumberlandparkshopping.com where there will be an online comments form.

Once local residents’ views have been obtained, it is intended that an outline planning application will be submitted in late June.