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

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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.