Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

200 Jobs on Way as Town Finally Gets a Supermarket

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

200 Jobs on Way as Town Finally Gets a Supermarket

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Byline: BEN O'CONNELL Reporter

UP to 200 jobs will be created as a Northumberland town will finally get a new supermarket. Northumberland County Council's strategic planning committee unanimously approved the scheme for a Morrisons store in Amble.

The development, which will be called Amble Retail Park, also include a petrol station and kiosk, four other retail units, a drive-thru coffee shop and 352 parking spaces.

The agents for the applicants, Advance Northumberland, the councilowned development company, say that the overall scheme will create up to 200 new full and part-time jobs, plus around 90 during the construction phase.

A food factory operating under a variety of names on the site was the town's biggest employer, at one time providing 250 jobs before its closure in 2010.

Many people in the seaside town have been waiting for a major supermarket to open since outline approval for a store by The Braid was granted in 2009, only for Tesco to pull out in 2015.

The town council did not oppose the development but did have some concerns.

The meeting heard from Ann Burke, who runs a business on Queen Street, and she highlighted a number of perceived errors and flaws in the retail impact assessment submitted as part of the application. "This should be withdrawn until a true and fair study is put in place," she added.

But Coun Jeff Watson, ward member for Amble West with Warkworth, spoke in favour of the scheme, pointing out that 2,000 homes had been approved in the town recently and additional infrastructure was needed to support this growth.

"I do share some of the problems of Ann Burke with the retail assessment, which was a desktop study," he said.

"But we definitely need a supermarket in the centre of Amble. The town centre cannot physically cope with all the people who are going to live in Amble. …

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