Following the remedial works undertaken to the former Tesco site, there was a need to conclude negotiations with the anchor tenant, Aldi. Following this Aldi were required to submit revised plans to the Council and to discharge conditions on the original planning approval.

Final approval is expected 16th March and in the meantime Aldi have been working on finalising their design and construction programme while Advance Northumberland have continued to negotiate terms to secure additional retailers for the remainder of the site, which is well underway.

Some preparatory work is underway and construction is expected to commence by the summer this year, with Aldi open by March/April 2021. We are actively exploring a faster build out but this is something that is not entirely within the Control of Advance Northumberland due to the involvement of other parties. There are new trees within the new development.