Shiremoor Boundary Mill outlet store to expand despite neighbour objections

The Shiremoor Boundary Mills store alongside the former Great Outdoors store (left) which is set to be demolished.
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Plans for sweeping changes at a North Tyneside outlet store have been given the go-ahead by council planners despite objections.

Boundary Mills on Park Lane in Shiremoor will extend the front of the existing retail unit, providing an additional 1,762 m2 of floor space. Meanwhile, the former Great Outdoors store will be demolished and replaced by the car park.

The plans were heard by members of North Tyneside Council's Planning Committee on Tuesday. Reports presented to the meeting identified issues raised by neighbours over a line of trees originally planted to screen homes from the store.

Former Tynemouth MP and current Labour candidate for the seat at the upcoming General Election, Alan Campbell, said he had been contacted by "a number" of constituents. The residents said they had been "greatly impacted" by the trees, claiming the company refused to look after them.

Furthermore, the moving of the car park would mean it will be closer to houses, while Mr Campbell also raised concern regarding the number of floodlights. Despite the number of residents contacting Mr Campbell, only three objections were received by the council.

One objector wrote they feared their homes will be "lit up like Blackpool illuminations" due to the removal of the Great Outdoors Store. Another said complaints had been made about the maintenance of the trees for the past three decades, to "no avail, wasted time and effort".

Speaking at the meeting, officers acknowledged the dispute over the trees, but added it was "not relevant" to the decision on the day. As a result, members voted unanimously to approve the plans.