Stores decision delayed

FOUR supermarket developers face a delay in hearing whether their schemes will go-ahead after planners were given last-minute information.

The store plans for Peterlee, which include three separate applications to build supermarkets in various locations, have been put on hold after new evidence came to light.

Morrisons and developers North Blunts want to build a store at the former North Blunts Primary School, in Burnhope Way, along with associated sports facilities and housing.

Castle Dene Shopping Centre owners Salford Estates want to build a new food store, youth centre and health centre in the town centre.

Tesco wants to build a new store on the site of the former East Durham College, in Burnhope Way.

Plans to build a new supermarket, along with a hotel, cinema and restaurants at Dalton Park have also been put on hold because of the new documents.

The complex submissions, which must be considered side by side, were pushed back last month in the light of fresh last-minute information.

Now further submissions mean it will be June before the planning committee can properly consider its decision.

Durham County Council’s head of planning, Stuart Timmiss, says the delay is frustrating but unavoidable.

“Having taken legal advice it is with regret that the only option open is to delay these applications.”

“All parties concerned have been contacted to inform them of the situation and I have every hope this will now be considered by the committee in June.”