Decision set to be made on plans for new Farmfoods store in North Tyneside

The proposed site for a branch of Farmfoods at the Boulevard Shopping Centre in Longbenton.
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Councillors are set to decide on an application for a new 1,163 sqm Farmfoods store in Longbenton.

Farmsfood submitted plans for a new store on the Boulevard Shopping Centre site, West FarmAvenue, back in February. Now, the plans have taken one step closer to completion, with a decision set for next Tuesday by the council’s planning and development committee.

If approved, the new shop will be open 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays. According to documents supplied to North Tyneside Council by Farmfoods, while they already trade in Longbenton the existing store is “showing signs of overtrading” and “dated”.

In addition, Farmfoods documents state: “To remain in Longbenton the company needs to make the investment to improve the range and offer to the existing customer base and this requires a larger footprint which is not currently available”.

A North Tyneside Council report echoed: “The proposed development would support economic investment in Longbenton, promoting the long-term vitality and viability of an existing centre, improving the shopping facility for the local community, and creating additional floor space to meet the needs of an existing business.”

The plans have generated several objections. Eight recorded objections range from the loss of green space to a loss of privacy for nearby houses. Council officers have also written that the proposals will not “significantly affect the residential amenity” of homes located to the north of the site with regards to loss of light, outlook, or privacy.

North Tyneside councillors are set to decide on the application on Tuesday, July 8 at the council’s Cobalt HQ.