Supermarket plans approved

A BID to build a new supermarket in Morpeth has been approved by planners.

Dransfield Properties last night secured permission to build a 50,000 sq ft food store off Dark Lane in Low Stanners.

The plans were opposed by residents of Staithes Lane over a number of concerns, including fears of traffic congestion and noise in the area.

However, Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade and Morpeth department store owner Richard Rutherford spoke in favour of the bid.

The £24m development is expected to provide up to 290 jobs.

It will also include long and short stay car parks.

Permission was also given for Robson and Prescott’s Veterinary Centre in Staithes Lane to re-locate to purpose-built premises at the former salt depot at Whorral Bank.

The move will enable the vets to provide a separate area for equine and farm animals.

As part of the supermarket development The Old Red Bull Inn will be demolished and family-run garage T Thompson and Sons will move to Coopies Lane.

For more details see next week’s Morpeth Herald.