Store plans could face rough ride

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PLANNING officers are recommending that plans to demolish a former pub and replace it with a £700,000 store be rejected.

Councillors meet tomorrow to decide whether to approve the building of a new Sainsbury’s Local store in Seaton Carew.

The plans would see the former Station Hotel demolished and the £700,000 store built in 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 planning officers have recommended it be rejected over fears it would impact on the nearby shops in Elizabeth Way.

Richard Spencer, planning advisor for the applicant, said “I would urge anyone who is interested in seeing Sainsbury’s locate in Seaton to come along and have their say at the committee meeting.

“The more voices of support behind choice and competition the better.”

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

The planning committee is due to meet tomorrow at Hartlepool Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, at 10am.