D-day for new shop

PLANS for a revamped food store and cafe in a north Northumberland village look set to get the go-ahead.

The scheme, which will see the old buildings demolished and a new two-storey building constructed on the Farm to Freeze site on South Road in Wooler, is recommended for approval at next Thursday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s area planning committee north.

The development will have a total floor space of 600 sq m, which represents an additional 270 sq m of usable space.

In April, the area planning committee north approved a new 14,000 sq ft supermarket on the Ferguson’s Yard site in the village amid concerns about the possible effect it would have on traders in the High Street.

Wooler Parish Council has not objected to this scheme but did suggest that an assessment of the potential impact on the High Street be carried out, as was the case with the supermarket plans.

However in a report, the planning officer said that “given the small increase in the existing available floorspace to be created, (the scheme) will have no detrimental impact upon the vitality or viability of the existing retail offer in Wooler Town Centre.”

A decision is due at the meeting which takes place in Alnwick council chamber.