Plans lodged to expand Co-op store into neighbouring chippy in Northumberland village

Plans to extend a convenience store in a Northumberland village have been submitted.

Sunday, 10th January 2021, 7:00 am

A planning application seeks permission to expand the Co-op store in Widdrington Station.

The proposal is to expand into the neighbouring fish and chip shop and build a single storey rear extension.

A report on the behalf of applicant, MK SIPP Trustees UK, states: ‘The proposed alterations will allow the amalgamation of the retail and takeaway units to form a single, larger retail unit.

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The Co-op at Widdrington Station. Picture by Jane Coltman

‘The additional floorspace will be created and facilitated by the extension and change of use of the fish and chip shop… which remains applicable to takeaway uses until 31 July 2021.

‘It will help to provide a larger convenience store which can operate more efficiently, with a larger back of house floorspace as well as an increased sales area resulting from the change of use of the takeaway.’

The report adds that there are a lack of retail services in Widdrington Station.

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