Work soon gets underway on a £10m retail park in County Durham after planners gave the development the green light.
Yorkshire-based Opus North have been granted permission by Darlington Borough Council to put plans for the four-acre Darlington North Retail Park into action, creating around 150 jobs.
Some retailers have already signed up to the park – including retail giants Aldi and Iceland – which will be open in Spring 2016.
Neil Creeney, associate director of Opus North, said: “We are absolutely delighted that planners have given the go-ahead to Darlington North Retail Park. This is a very exciting development for the town of Darlington, creating jobs and boosting the economy.
“It will add to the retail strength of the northern part of the town.”
The 42,000 sq ft park comprises eight units, featuring a new 16,480 sq ft Aldi supermarket, a KFC drive through restaurant, an Iceland Foods store, a range of non-food retail units extending from 2,850 sq ft to 5,780 sq ft and two 1,200 sq ft units ideal for cafes and sandwich shops. There will also be 157 free car parking spaces.
Mr Creeney said: “We have had excellent feedback from local residents and businesses and we were grateful to know they were positive about our proposals, as were the planners.
“The retail park will bring a range of retailers not currently located in this part of town, improving choice and convenience for local shoppers.
“The development site is prominently situated on the new junction on A167, which is the main arterial route north from Darlington Town Centre.
“Adjacent retailers in this district centre location are Morrisons Foodstore, B&Q and B&M Bargains, alongside other established trade counter uses.”
The marketing agents for North Darlington Retail Park are the Leeds office of CBRE and Griffiths Procter of Newcastle.