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The revised proposals now include:
 

  • A Tesco foodstore of around 4,200 sqm
     

  • A Home Bargains store of around 1,900 sqm
     

  • A petrol filling station (with recycling facilities)
     

  • Hard and soft landscaping, including pedestrian linkages
     

  • Around 330 car parking spaces (including accessible, parent and child and electric vehicle charging)
     

A new public space will be provided which connects the site to the town centre. This will include new public art, commissioned from local artist Ray Lonsdale, which will be a tribute to the mining heritage of the site and the miners who worked at Houghton Colliery.

Along with new pedestrian routes, this public space will help to connect the new retail units with Houghton le Spring Town Centre, encouraging spin-off trade for existing shops and services.

 

The drive-through restaurant and smaller retail/leisure units have now been removed from the proposals. 

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We recognise that the site provides important routes for people walking between the town centre and the estates around Brinkburn Crescent. The development will not close off these routes.

 

We will create a new legally recognised foot and cycle path through the site, shown in red, and this will become a designated Public Right of Way. Existing trees and bushes along this new route will be thinned and pruned.

 

Unrestricted movement will continue through the site by an enhanced pedestrian desire line along the route coloured orange which, together with the new Public Right of Way, will then connect into routes outside the site, including those shown in yellow. These new routes will be in addition to the existing footpaths around the edge of the site, including those shown in green.

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