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Plans submitted for 125-job ‘multi-million-pound’ Newcastle community scheme

Plans have been submitted for a multi-million-pound community development on the outskirts of Newcastle.

The proposals feature a 419sq metre Co-op anchor store alongside a Cooplands bakery and veterinary centre on a site at East Middleton Callerton, near Westerhope.

Bosses say the blueprint – led by Sansec Developments with support from planning and development consultancy Lichfields – promises to create 25 full-time roles and support around 100 construction posts.

If approved, the site could open next year.

As well as its retail and veterinary offer, officials say the scheme will feature a new access road, car parking and a community seasonal garden.

Ben Harvey, Sansec chief executive and owner, said: “The East Middleton Callerton scheme is a delicate balance of creating a sense of place while maintaining and improving the natural environment.

“It will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to one of the region’s fastest growing residential areas.”

Emma Hepplewhite, Lichfields’ associate director, added: “The development would enhance the sustainability of the nearby residential development taking a significant number of vehicle trips off the roads through providing important local services that will be within easy walking distance.

“This project will also offer social and local economic benefits, creating a vibrant community hub for people to enjoy through quality development and new investment.” 

A planning decision is expected in September, with building work – if the scheme is approved by Newcastle City Council – due to get underway in the autumn.