DEVELOPERS have submitted plans to build a new superstore which would create 300 jobs in Wearside.
As reported in the Echo, property firm Peel Land and Property wants to build a new Tesco store at The Peel Centre off the A1231 in Washington.
The company has now applied for planning permission for the development to Sunderland City Council.
Roger Wheeldon, senior development surveyor at Peel, said: “The new food superstore if granted planning permission give an excellent boost to the area and provide a much greater choice for shoppers, as well as providing much needed jobs in the area.”
The development would include a 87,400sq ft petrol station, in-store cafe and a 560-space car park.
Peel said the new store would give shoppers in Washington more choice. The new town is already served by Sainsbury’s and Asda stores at The Galleries shopping centre.
Planners will now look at the proposals before making a recommendation to councillors on a planning committee.
Mr Wheeldon said his firm had submitted the plans after a successful public exhibition on the proposals in July.
The scheme would involve a major redevelopment of the Peel retail park site.
Mr Wheeldon said Clay’s Garden Centre and McDonald’s will stay at the centre.
However, he said at the time of the consultation that the Homebase, Carpet Right and Wynsor Shoes stores on the site were all facing the axe.
He said: “It is a complete redevelopment of that side of the road.
“It is a big site, with a new store on stilts.
“It is raised up to first-floor level, with car parking underneath.”
The firm said the project would take about 12 months to build and could be on site next year subject to planning permission.
Mr Wheeldon said the company had been hoping to open the new store in 2013.