Decision is due on new store

DEVELOPERS are urging members of the public who are backing the proposal of a new supermarket to have their say.

Councillors will meet next week to decide whether to rubber-stamp the building of a new Sainsbury’s store in Seaton Carew.

If passed, the former Station Hotel will be demolished and the £700,000 supermarket development will take its place.

Bosses at Hartlepool-based Euro Property Management say the scheme will create 16 jobs and transform the eyesore sight in Station Lane.

But people have expressed concerns about the proposals, with planners arguing that the supermarket would harm trade at nearby businesses.

The applicant claims the fact Sainsbury’s are interested in the new store shows the potential of the seaside resort.

And a week ahead of the big decision, Richard Spencer, a planning advisor for EPM, has encouraged the residents who are supporting the plans to make their views heard.

He said: “If the residents of Seaton Carew want to have shopping quality and choice on their doorstep, we would urge them to write to the council and support the proposal or make their views heard at the committee meeting.”

The applicant, local developer and retail specialist Jon Whitfield, said: “We have worked very closely with Sainsbury’s on this scheme and they are very keen to come to Seaton.

“They are prepared to invest in the future of this part of town.

“Sainsbury’s is a very professional socially responsible company and to see such a high-profile, well-respected brand in Seaton sends out clear signals about the investment confidence and potential of the seaside report.”

The Station Hotel has been boarded up since the end of February, last year, after apparently falling victim to the recession.

The planning committee will discuss the proposals next Friday, February 4, at Hartlepool Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.