Go-ahead for Bridges expansion

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PLANS to transform Sunderland’s Bridges shopping centre have finally been given the official green light.

 Centre owner Land Securities has now secured full planning permission for its £15million expansion plan which will create a new Primark store and regeneratre the centre’s High Street West entrance.

 Confirming the latest announcement, Bridges boss Andy Bradley, said: “This is great news for shoppers.

 “We have been working hand-in-hand with Sunderland City Council to ensure we brought the best plan to the table and it is fantastic the green light has been given to our £15million expansion.”

 Jonathan Buckle, portfolio manager for the Bridges, said: “This is a major milestone. This decision means we can bring our expansion plans to fruition, bring new jobs into Sunderland and set about a step change for future development in and around the city and bring cranes back to the skyline of Sunderland.

 “Our ambition is to strengthen the Bridges’ reputation as one of the best shopping and fashion destinations in the North East for our 21million customers who visit each year.

 “We want to ensure people living in Sunderland do not feel they need to look outside the city to meet their retail needs.”

, so we need to continually improve the retail mix as well as the look and feel of the shopping environment.”