Approval for new stores proposal at key town site

An artist's impression of the re-developed store, which will be home to three new retail units.
An artist's impression of the re-developed store, which will be home to three new retail units.

Plans to redevelop the former Morrisons store in Morpeth town centre have been given the green light by Northumberland County Council.

Dransfield Properties, the company behind the award-winning Sanderson Arcade, agreed a deal to buy the building from Morrisons earlier this year and soon outlined its plans to redevelop the empty store and create three new retail units in the heart of the town.

The store at Stanley Terrace, neighbouring the Arcade, has been empty since Morrisons moved to its new landmark unit in Low Stanners two years ago.

Now that the scheme has been granted planning permission, work will start on site during late autumn when the companies occupying the three premises will also be announced.

The development will create up to 100 new jobs as well as regenerating a key site in the town and bringing a new range of retailers into Morpeth. The units will cover 20,000 sq ft, 11,000 sq ft and 9,000 sq ft.

As well as re-developing the store on its current footprint, the plans will see a set of improvements to the layout and location of the disabled and parent parking spaces, as well as a new glazed canopy along the car park’s central walkway.

In addition, the Express Taxis office is being re-located to a new purpose-built pod in the car park and the popular Corbridge Larder is being extended and re-modelled, with more internal space and an attractive new 40-seat al-fresco dining area.

Managing director of Dransfield Properties, Mark Dransfield, said: “It is great news that the new plans for the former Morrisons site in Morpeth have been approved by Northumberland County Council.

“The development has been extremely well received. This is a key site in the heart of the town and we look forward to starting work on the delivery of this project later in the year.”