Tesco propose 150 new jobs in Amble

Posted on 02nd December 2010 | in Business News , News

Site of proposed Tesco supermarket

Supermarket giant Tesco and Northumberland Estates have now submitted design plans to Northumberland County Council.

The new supermarket development proposal on Braid Hill would provide 150 new jobs, should the plans be approved.

Northumberland Estates have issued the following statement:

“Tesco has joined forces with The Northumberland Estates to build a supermarket at Amble that would create 150 jobs.

They have this week jointly submitted a reserved matters planning application to Northumberland County Council.  The council has already approved an outline application for a new 30,000 sq ft supermarket on land north of Queen Street.

The proposed Tesco store includes a 200-space car park, with good pedestrian access to the town centre and new access road into the site from the A1068.

The Tesco will be an eco-store that will have a carbon footprint at least 30 per cent smaller than an equivalent store built three years ago.  The carbon savings come from an innovative mix of environmentally friendly design, materials and technologies.  These include a frame made from timber, larch cladding, an energy efficient ventilation system and a combined heat and power system.

Barry Spall, development planner at The Northumberland Estates, said: “The submission of this reserved matters application represents a massive boost to the local economy.  The principle of developing the site and improving the retail offer in Amble has already been unanimously supported in principle by Northumberland County Council, and now we can move on to the details of the supermarket’s scale and appearance.”

Douglas Wilson, Tesco’s corporate affairs manager, said the 150 jobs being created would be full and part time with flexible working patterns and among the best rates of pay and benefits package in the retail sector.  “Training courses range from basic retail skills through to graduate and management schemes,” he said.  “For those who have had little or no experience of working, Tesco offers basic skills training pre-employment support.

“Amble, like many towns in the county, has been badly affected by the recession so we are confident this news will be warmly welcomed.  Despite the difficult economic climate Tesco continues to invest and create jobs.”

*Outline planning permission was also granted on 24 July 2009 for 46 new houses and flats, including 35 per cent affordable housing for local people.  This housing element does not form part of the current reserved matters application.

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