Plans for a £14m retail development in Durham City – at the site of an underused transport depot – have been unveiled.

Developer Premcor Estates Ltd is keen to hear local people’s views on its proposals to re-develop the Elddis Transport site, off Pit Lane, near the Arnison Centre at Pity Me.

Almost 100 new jobs would be created if the proposals for three new retail outlets, including a new discount foodstore, and two drive-thru restaurant/coffee shops are approved.

Premcor has appointed national planning and development consultancy Lichfields to handle the planning application and it will be holding a public exhibition next week.

Lichfields’ Senior Planner Daniel Gregg, said: “The various retail and leisure proposals could help to create almost 100 new full-time positions.

“Occupiers are yet to be confirmed for the proposed retail and food and beverage units, but we expect them to be new arrivals to this side of Durham city.

“The developers are keen to hear the views of the people living and working nearby on the proposals, and we hope the consultation event will help achieve that.”

The site is no longer suitable for the requirements of Consett-based Elddis Transport, which has six other locations in the region and employs over 320 people.

While the site is also home to a small number of other businesses, employing around 20-25 people, they are all expected to find alternative accommodation in the local area.

Mr Gregg said the existing warehousing to the rear of the site is not sustainable and is unlikely to attract interest from other potential occupiers, due to its low eaves.

The developers are proposing an improvement to the access for pedestrians and vehicles, with around 270 parking spaces and additional landscaping.

The public consultation is being held on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Newton Hall Community Centre, Abbey Road, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5GE, between 3pm and 7pm.