A PROPERTY firm has put pressure on councillors to approve plans for another new supermarket on Wearside.
Peel Holdings has submitted a planning application to Sunderland City Council to demolish units at the Peel centre, in Spire Road, Washington, and build a new supermarket for Tesco.
Now the Manchester-based company has issued a statement ahead of a meeting to decide the proposal, warning of the loss of hundreds of new jobs and an expensive legal appeal battle, should councillors reject the bid.
Peel has said that planning officers at the council have recommended the application be rejected.
The firm said: “If the scheme is refused, not only will it mean loss of the 300 new jobs that would be created, but also a missed opportunity to provide long overdue additional choice to meet the needs of shoppers and residents in Washington.
“There would also be an expensive public inquiry to consider the resulting planning appeal. This is scheduled to take place in June, should it be required.”
Roger Wheeldon, senior development surveyor at Peel, said: “We believe the objections to the proposal are largely based on a desire to protect the market share of existing food stores. We hope our proposal will be viewed positively by the elected members of the Sunderland Council planning and highways committee, so we can progress our desire to bring further investment and opportunity to Washington.”