New store plans for village get thumbs up

The front elevation design of the new Co-op store in Pegswood that will be built over the next few months.

The front elevation design of the new Co-op store in Pegswood that will be built over the next few months.

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Works to build a new retail store in Pegswood will begin on Monday.

Enviro Property Partners put forward a re-submitted application for the former Pegswood Ex sports and social club on Main Street in April and the proposal recently received planning permission from Northumberland County Council.

The site will be cleared in the next couple of weeks and construction work will then take place.

Although not a name on the application, it is expected that the new development will subsequently be operated by the Co-op in order for the business to improve its retail offering in the village, relative to its existing store to the south east.

The Pegswood Ex building closed to the public last July and a bid was originally submitted in November. It was withdrawn just before Christmas at the request of the county council because some mining issues needed to be resolved.

Enviro Property Partners director David Pollard said: “We had to do some tests at the site, but thankfully the results came back ok and we were able to re-submit our application.

“It’s great that we’ve received planning permission and now we can get things moving at the site, especially as the response from Pegswood residents has been very positive. They want the new store to be built as soon as possible.

“This is the first phase of the re-development for this area and plans for the second phase will be brought forward in due course.”

The new 370 sq m retail unit will have a net sales area of 278 sq m, with the remaining 92 sq m designated as office and storage space.

Alterations will be made to the access arrangements from Main Street to create a two-way access road suitable for customers coming to park and delivery vehicles.

A total of 15 standard car parking spaces will be provided, along with two spaces for disabled drivers and a single ‘family parking’ bay.

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