With the exception of the Lidl supermarket, the majority of shops in Houghton le Spring Town Centre are small and meet only day to day needs. As a result, the vast majority of local spending currently goes to stores further afield, including those in Sunderland, Washington and Durham, as well as Gateshead and Newcastle. There is a need for new retail uses which improve the existing range of provision and reduce the need to travel.
The proposed development would result in a range of benefits for the area. It would:
Significantly enhance the choice of retail and leisure facilities available through new Tesco and Home Bargains stores
Significantly boost the local economy, creating around 100 full and part time jobs, as well as construction employment
Reduce the need for local people to travel to meet their retail needs
Include improved pedestrian linkages, both across the site and with surrounding areas (including the town centre)
Include a new piece of public art, which acts as a local landmark
Regenerate a longstanding vacant site, on the edge of Houghton le Spring Town Centre
Represent significant investment (£15m) and a visible statement of confidence in the local area
Generate additional visits to exiting shops and services within the town centre
Incorporate hard and soft landscaping, linking the development to the wider town centre
Provide click and collect facilities alongside the new Tesco store
Contributing to the Local Community
Tesco supports local communities surrounding their stores. In the Sunderland area, including Houghton and Washington, 75 groups have received £165,466 through Tesco Community Grants.
In the Sunderland area, 199,639 meals have been provided through the Community Food Connection programme over the past five years. This is the biggest supermarket food redistribution scheme in the UK and provides a constant provision of donations of surplus food every day from Tesco stores to local charities and community groups.
Tesco is working hard to reduce its impact upon the environment and is aiming to be a zero carbon business in the UK by 2035. To achieve this:
All Tesco stores will use 100% renewable energy by 2030
100% of Tesco’s delivery fleet will be electric vehicles by 2030
Tesco plan to use energy-efficient LED lighting in stores to reduce power-consumption
by around 40%
Tesco is also taking action to remove all non-recyclable and excess packaging.