DEVELOPERS have submitted plans for a new 30,000 sq-ft supermarket to council chiefs.
Terrace Hill say the proposed new store in Sedgefield would create around 275 new jobs if given the go-ahead.
The application for the supermarket, on the Salter’s Lane Industrial Estate, gained the backing of local residents during a recent public consultation process.
Support came after figures showed some Sedgefield residents were travelling as far as Darlington to do their weekly shop, as previously reported by the Mail.
Terrace Hill head of retail, Duncan McEwan, said: “We’re really pleased to have submitted our application.
“Our proposals received very strong support from Sedgefield and the surrounding areas, with 87 per cent of people supporting a foodstore in this location.
“I’m grateful for the comments we received during the consultation process and I am sure that our proposals will meet the demand shown by residents for improved shopping choice.
“The store is in a great location to serve Sedgefield and the wider community without being detrimental to any residential properties.
“If our application is approved by councillors, people will no longer have to drive to stores further afield to do their weekly shop.
“The next stage is for Durham councillors to consider our application at a meeting of the South and West Planning Committee.
“I hope that members take on board the strength of feeling in favour of our plans shown by residents when making their decision.”
If the proposals are approved, the store could be open and trading by late 2012.
Terrace Hill is in discussions with potential foodstore operators and will announce a chosen operator in due course.
The planning application also includes proposals for a petrol station, electric car charging points, landscaping and improved pedestrian and cycle access along Salter’s Lane.