Berwick retail park plans to be discussed by council

Controversial plans for a new retail park in Berwick are to be discussed by town councillors tonight.

Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 11:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 12:00 pm
The site of the proposed retail park in Berwick

Berwick Corporation (Freemen) Trustees and TCD Estates have lodged an application to develop a six-acre greenfield site at Loaning Meadows, south west of the current Morrisons store.

Five retail units are proposed with Aldi, Home Bargains and The Food Warehouse having signed pre-let agreements.

While there have been expressions of interest from various retailers, there has been no agreement for leases signed on the other two retail units but it is expected that these units will be occupied by bulky-goods retailers.

A Costa Coffee and KFC restaurant/drive thru are also proposed near the entrance.

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Consultants estimate the development will result in a total increase in retail turnover of £28.65milllion at the design year of 2023.

However, concerns have been raised by Berwick Chamber of Trade that it will have ‘a significant detrimental impact’ on the town centre.

There have also been 75 objections, mostly from residents of The Grange, The Meadows and Carrick Close areas.

Berwick Town Council’s meeting will take place at 6.30pm in the town hall. Meetings are open to the public.

A final decision on the application will be taken by Northumberland County Council.