A LONG-running campaign to create jobs and investment has been successful after winning Government approval for the second phase of a retail development.
The decision by the Department of Communities and Local Government not to call in the planning application means the decision to proceed with phase two of Dalton Park will remain with Durham County Council’s planning committee.
County councillors unanimously backed the development in June.
The £24m development will create 500 jobs on the former coalfield site and deliver new facilities for leisure, cinema, associated restaurants and a supermarket that will boost economic regeneration in the region.
Easington MP Grahame Morris, who gained the support of every Labour MP in County Durham for the development said: “The benefits will be felt beyond Dalton Park and will have a positive economic impact for the wider communities of east Durham.”