Hundreds of jobs in store

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HUNDREDS of jobs will be created after a supermarket development was approved by councillors.

The application to build a supermarket and petrol station on a site off Salters Lane, Sedgefield, site was approved by Durham County Council’s planning committee and it is hoped the store will create around 275 jobs.

The approval came following a public consultation, which gave local residents and businesses the opportunity to voice their opinions on the plans.

Terrace Hill, which is behind the development, said public response had been positive.

Simon Hawkins, development director at Terrace Hill, said: “We’re grateful for the support that residents and community groups have shown for our proposals during the consultation process.

“We are delighted that councillors have approved our plans. This is a strong endorsement and great news for the community.”

The plans received support from Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield, as well as local councillors John Robinson and David Brown.

The planning committee approved the proposal unanimously.

Duncan McEwan, Terrace Hill’s head of retail, said: “This proposal represents a significant investment in the area and will provide additional shopping choice for residents.

“It is clear that local residents want a choice of shopping and the ability to shop closer to home. We now look forward to progressing with this development and delivering the new store and jobs at the earliest opportunity.”

The store now needs Government approval and bosses say they will announce soon which operator will take on the site.