Proposal for Marks & Spencer store in Cramlington development

B and M store at Cramlington.
B and M store at Cramlington.
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PLANS for the regeneration of Cramlington town centre have moved another step closer to fruition.

Developer Hammerson has submitted a planning application to Northumberland County Council to allow for the inclusion of a new Marks & Spencer store in the redevelopment project being lined up.

The proposals put forward, an amended version of plans approved in 2007, include the re-use of the current B&M unit with a higher roof.

They also include the construction of a new retail unit on land formerly occupied by the Focus garden centre and three further shops to the south of the B&M store.

The proposals have the potential to create hundreds of jobs.

Project director John Grinnell said: “We are working hard to build a vibrant commercial and social hub in the town centre, and the extension of Westmorland Retail Park is crucial to enabling this transformation.

“Working with partners such as Vue and Marks & Spencer will help us to secure yet more great names to Cramlington and help us to meet our regeneration objectives.”

Plans for Westmorland Retail Park will complement the work under way to construct a nine-screen cinema, family restaurants and cafés.

Hammerson’s proposals can be seen and commented on at www.northumberland.gov.uk

It is anticipated that work will begin on site in October, with Marks & Spencer’s Simply Food store scheduled to open in autumn next year.