New plans have been drawn up to help further the regeneration of a borough town.
NewRiver Retail, owners of the Forum shopping centre in Wallsend, in partnership with North Tyneside Council, will submit plans including a new foodshore, drive-through restaurant and enhanced car parking.
Following last year’s opening of the new library, customer service facility and café at the site of the former Co-op building which created a community hub, the new plans will use land to the west of the existing shopping centre, which previously contained residential properties in Hedley Place and York Drive.
The plans aim to deliver a new Aldi food store and a Burger King restaurant.
And there will be around 230 new car parking spaces provided including hard and soft landscaping to enhance the environment and screen it from neighbouring properties.
A new terrace with seating for the Weatherspoon’s public house will also feature.
Two new entrances to the site will be created, the main entrance and service delivery access in High Street West, with a secondary access off Elton Street West. The existing access via York Drive will be removed.
Allan Lockhart, property director at NeRiver Retail, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with North Tyneside Council in continuing to drive economic regeneration in the heart of the town.
“This important new investment shows our ongoing commitment to Wallsend and our desire to increase its attractiveness to shoppers and retailers alike.
“We are also very pleased to create significant new employment and training opportunities for local people.
“Soon after acquiring the Forum, we said that we wanted to bring a new modern food store to Wallsend, and many local people told us they supported us.
“I am delighted that we have been able to secure the involvement of Aldi.”
North Tyneside mayorNorma Redfearn added: “This latest announcement is more excellent news for Wallsend town centre, which continues to go from strength to strength.
“Residents and businesses wanted to see a major food retailer back in the heart of Wallsend and we are delighted that NewRiver Retail now plan to deliver that.”
NewRiver will be holding a public display of the plans in the Forum shopping centre on Tuesday, October 14, from 10am to 6pm, where representatives will be available to answer questions and receive feedback.