Walls could be set to come tumbling down after plans to demolish for a former supermarket building were submitted.
The Co-op’s Houghton store, in Mautland Square in the town, closed earlier this year with the loss of dozens of jobs.
German retailer Lidl plans to build a new supermarket on the site, which it says will open in 2016.
Lidl has said it plans to change the layout of the store’s car park as part of the revamp.
The Co-op store opened in 2001 on the former Houghton library site.
At the time of the store’s closure, a spokesman told the Echo: “The Co-operative Group continually reviews its retail estate, and we have made the decision to focus on smaller convenience stores and sell those trading outlets that do not align with our strategy.” Representations over the plans, which can be seen on the council’s planning portal, can be made until Thursday, September 17.
A decision on whether to approve the demolition application is expected in November.