PLANS for a new supermarket at a Northumberland seaside town have gone on show to the public.
Members of the public at Amble were given the chance to scrutinise a planning application from the Duke of Northumberland’s estates and development partner Tesco for a new store.
The partners already have outline permission for the £5m development but submitted the reserved matters application to Northumberland County Council at the beginning of December.
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.
Amble Town Council organised a public exhibition of the plans at Trinity Methodist Church yesterday, to give people the chance to assess them and pass comments which will be forwarded to the county council.
Many approved of the jobs proposed at a time when Amble faces losing its biggest employer, the former Northumberland Foods factory.
But lifelong Amble residents Paul and Louise Common, 36 and 27, who live at Rivergreen, voiced concerns at the impact of the development on town centre shops, the proximity of the proposed access road to their house, the impact on wildlife, congestion on the adjoining A1068, and they claimed the supermarket would be better located on the town’s Coquet Enterprise Park.
Mrs Common acknowledged the store would create employment but said: “I think by creating the jobs how many are we going to lose?
“It is going to kill the main street completely.”
The estates’ director of planning and development Colin Barnes last night said: “We realise Amble is having a tough time with regard to employment and needs to boost its shopping offer.
“We believe this project will be viewed very positively.
“A lot of towns in Northumberland have been looking over their shoulders at Morpeth and have seen the very real benefits that new retailing can bring through regeneration.”
The town council is holding a meeting to discuss the application, with public speaking, in the church at 6.30pm on February 1.