End in sight for town store wars

MORPETH’S store wars could soon be over after plans for a new supermarket were submitted.

Dransfield Properties has confirmed that it has lodged a detailed application for a 50,000 sq ft food store in Low Stanners with Northumberland County Council.

The authority approved outline plans for the development last summer, at the same time rejecting bids from Sainsbury’s and Tesco for supermarkets at sites in Stobhill and Coopies Lane respectively.

Since then work has been carried out on the detailed proposals, which were shown to the public at an exhibition in January, and there has been extensive consultation with stakeholder groups and residents.

The £24million development would provide up to 290 jobs and include a landscaping scheme to improve the appearance of the site and surrounding areas in Dark Lane and Staithes Lane.

There would also be 283 short-stay car parking spaces and 296 underground long-stay spaces, a net increase of 97 long-stay bays as the existing car parks in Low Stanners would be removed.

Dransfield Properties spokeswoman Amanda Holmes said: “Following our consultation throughout the last few months we have submitted our plans for the Low Stanners development in Morpeth.

“We will now be getting in touch with all stakeholders and consultees with regard to the latest developments in our plans.”

A number of Staithes Lane residents objected to the outline proposals, with concerns about extra traffic and noise from deliveries, as well as people in the top tier of the car park being able to look through their windows.

Dransfield says work has been carried out to try to address these issues.