New store in £35m Dalton Park development would create extra 14 jobs

Artist's impression of the supermarket
Artist's impression of the supermarket
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AN extra store could be created in a multimillion-pound leisure development.

Permission has already been given for the £35million expansion of Dalton Park, which would generate 500 new jobs and see a supermarket, hotel, restaurants, cinema and petrol station added to the former pit site in Murton.

Now, as the finer details are drawn up, the company behind them has applied to amend the original scheme, to turn a section of the supermarket plot into another business.

Pereril Securities said the retailer which would run the store wants a smaller space than the plans set out, leaving a section which it hopes can be used for another shop.

An application to Durham County Council shows it would not be a food store and would create the equivalent of 14 full-time jobs in addition to those it has already said would be available as part of the phase two plans.

A report on the application states: “This type of employment is ideal for those who find it difficult to get on to the employment ladder, such as school leavers, long-term unemployed, working mothers and elderly citizens.

“Indirect jobs will also be created, including maintenance and cleaning contracts, employment agencies, training firms and local suppliers.

“There will also be temporary jobs created during the construction phase of the development.”

It adds that the proposal is integral to the development of Dalton Park, and as the business which would run the new unit is not yet known, signs would have to be considered as a separate application.

Planning officers have recommended the unit attached to the food store is approved when it is discussed by councillors at a planning committee meeting at County Hall, Durham, at 1pm tomorrow.