Store plans backed by locals

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RESIDENTS of a community that has no major supermarket have given the thumbs-up to plans for a new store.

Developers Terrace Hill want to build a new 30,000sq-ft food store on land at Salter’s Lane Industrial Estate, in Sedgefield.

As reported by the Mail last week, if the bid is successful, 250 jobs could be created as part of the proposals.

After a public exhibition and around 8,000 leaflets were delivered to residents and businesses, more than 1,400 feedback forms were received.

The forms show that 80 per cent of respondents fully support the proposals, delighting the Stockton-based developers.

Seven per cent support the proposals in part and 13 per cent of people object to the plans.

Terrace Hill head of retail Duncan McEwan said: “On behalf of the development team I would like to thank people for attending the exhibition and completing the feedback forms.

The community have made it plain to us that they want to see this store built to serve their needs and bring much-needed jobs.

“With such a high level of support we are confident that this sends a strong message.”

A store operator is expected to be announced in the near future.

The plans includes a petrol filling station, a customer parking area and an access road onto the site.