Amble Tesco plan set to get the green light

PLANS for a supermarket at a Northumberland seaside town look set to be given the go-ahead.

Amble residents inspect the Tesco plans on display in Trinity Methodist Church, January 2011
Amble residents inspect the Tesco plans on display in Trinity Methodist Church, January 2011

PLANS for a supermarket at a Northumberland seaside town look set to be given the go-ahead.

The Duke of Northumberland’s estates and Tesco’s planning application for an ecostore at Amble go before Northumberland County Council next week, with a recommendation to approve.

The partners’ application is for reserved matters, with outline permission already having been given.

The development proposed is a 30,000sqft store with 200-space car park on land north of Queen Street, and a new access road.

Tesco says the supermarket would create 150 full and part-time jobs.

Residents had submitted letters of objection to the council, while concerns have also been voiced by Amble Town Council, which held a public exhibition of the plans and a public meeting to discuss them.

Some of the concerns relate to the prospect of an access road being built on The Braid, a green area.

But a report to the council’s North Area Planning Committee says many of the objections relate solely to matters considered under the outline application, meaning they can not be considered.

Officers recommend the proposal should be approved, with the principle of a supermarket on the site having already been established.

The report says: “The supermarket would be of an appropriate design in relation to the character of the site and its surroundings, existing buildings and their settings, in terms of impact on residential amenity, scale, proportions, massing, positioning and appearance.”

The outline application included 46 houses and councillors are told a further reserved matters applications will come forward for those.

A further application, which seeks to make minor amendments to the layout and position of the supermarket, and the layout of parking spaces and traffic flows, is also to be considered by the committee, with the scheme being recommended for approval.

The meeting takes place at Alnwick council chamber on Clayport Street next Thursday, March 3, at 6pm.

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