£17m Stockton-on-Tees development to create 180 jobs upon completion

Plans for a new multi-million-pound development in Stockton-on-Tees will be outlined at a public consultation launched this week.

The £17m proposals by Northumberland Estates on land at Wynyard Park could see a 46,000 sq ft food store built, along with new food and drink facilities, on a 15-hectare site as part of planned strategic development of the area.

The food store is expected to be occupied by a high-quality national operator, with national chains also having expressed an interest in occupying the two drive-through units.

Nine trade counter units are also proposed in the plans, along with a battery compound which will store energy generated at non-peak times to send back to the national grid for use at peak hours. Land to the south and east of the food store would be made ready for other forms of commercial development at a future date, as demand emerges.

The development aims to “help to meet the needs of local people”, who currently travel to large supermarkets in nearby Billingham and Stockton for their weekly food shopping.

The proposed scheme also comes in the wake of extensive residential development which has taken place at Wynyard, with further housebuilding set to take place over the next few years.

As well as construction employment, around 180 jobs would be created once the development is completed and taken on by operators.

Guy Munden, development planner at Northumberland Estates, said: “This development will help to better meet local retail needs, and reduce the need for people to travel to large stores elsewhere, including in Stockton and Billingham.

“With an increasing local population and further planned housing development, Wynyard Park will benefit from new, locally available, retail facilities which cater for weekly food shopping trips.

“This scheme will also help to create significant new employment for the area and make additional land ready to cater for any further demand from operators that emerges.”

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