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:

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Enhance the choice of retail and leisure facilities available

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Significantly boost the local economy, creating 125 full-time equivalent jobs, as well as construction employment

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Reduce the need for local people to travel to meet their retail and leisure needs 

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Include improved pedestrian linkages, both across the site and with surrounding areas

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Regenerate a longstanding vacant site, on the edge of Houghton le Spring Town Centre

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Represent significant investment (£15m) and a visible statement of confidence in the local area

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Generate additional visits to exiting shops and services within the town centre 

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Incorporate hard and soft landscaping, linking the development to the wider town centre