Green light for store scheme

DEVELOPMENT on Wooler’s South Road continues after more store plans were approved last week.

Members unanimously supported the scheme at Farm to Freeze which will see the current buildings demolished and replaced with a new two-storey building with a cafe/restaurant on the first floor.

Coun Thorne said: “I think it’s a very unusual design to be on the main street. I don’t like the present building at all because it’s a very ugly one but I’m not sure I can support the new one either.”

Coun Watkin said: “It’s already a quite vibrant site and anything that brings an improvement can only be a good thing.”

The new store and cafe will have an additional 340 sq m of space, and there will also be 12 additional parking places.

This follows approval earlier in the year for a food store on the former Ferguson’s Transport site, also on South Road, which was opposed by some traders in the village for its possible affect on the High Street.