Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Jobs in Store; Supermarket Plans Given the Go-Ahead

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Jobs in Store; Supermarket Plans Given the Go-Ahead

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Byline: MIKE BLACKBURN

A MAJOR expansion to Tesco in Ingleby Barwick has been given the green light by Stockton planners.

The development will create 100 new full and part-time jobs and see the supermarket giant contributing pounds 1.3m towards highway improvements on Ingleby Way.

More than 100 residents objected to the 2,494 square metre expansion at the store's Myton Road branch, fearing local trade would be affected.

A local pharmacy and DIY store had also collected a petition against the plans with more than 6,000 signatures, saying it could destroy their businesses.

But Ingleby Barwick councillor Ken Dixon told Stockton Council's planning committee this week that the petition had been subsequently withdrawn after Tesco consulted with the local traders.

Cllr Dixon said as a result of the talks Tesco had agreed not to open a pharmacy in the store or stock an "excessive amount of DIY equipment", unless either local store closed.

Ingleby Barwick Town Council had no objection to the proposed extension, providing it "does not harm the neighbouring shops, with particular regard to the pharmacy and DIY businesses".

Councillor Bill Feldon, Mayor of Ingleby Barwick, pictured, supported the move saying it was "required to cope with the increased population in Ingleby Barwick".

Ten letters of support had been received, saying the current store was too small and couldn't cope with the number of residents, and more items were needed for sale.

Suzanne Phillipson, agent for Tesco, told the planning committee the expanded store would offer "an enhanced range of quality products" but the scale of the extension was "relatively modest".

In January 2007, Stockton councillors rejected similar proposals, claiming it would hit Thornaby's redevelopment and could also impact on the vitality and viability of Thornaby and Yarm centres. …

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