Plans for a new Marks & Spencer Simply Food store, a cafe and BP petrol filling station in Sedgefield have been unveiled.

The development would create almost 20 new jobs and is earmarked for an unused site adjacent to the A689/A177 roundabout, which is enclosed by Station Road as it rises over the A689 towards Sedgefield.

The commercial partners are holding a public consultation for the people of Sedgefield later this week.

The proposals include a BP petrol filling station, together with a retail element incorporating an M&S Simply Food store and a Wild Bean café.

Simon Cheetham, BP Project Manager, said: “The chosen site benefits from strong traffic flows along the A689, as well as its proximity to Sedgefield village.

“The development will see Marks & Spencer establish a presence in a strong market location, serving both the passing trade and top-up shopping from residents of Sedgefield.

“As well as enhancing consumer choice for residents of Sedgefield, the proposals will also generate 19 new jobs.”

BP Oil UK and M&S have a strong track record of working together having successfully delivered 278 sites over an 11-year period, via a franchise model.

The public consultation event will be held at the Manor House, West End, Sedgefield on Thursday February 14, between 3pm and 7pm.

Members of the development team will be present to discuss the proposals and answer any questions residents may have.

Efforts to deliver a project sympathetic to the surrounding landscape, including the parks and gardens at nearby historic Hardwick Hall are under consideration.

Any comments received will be carefully considered as part of these assessments before the proposals are finalised, say the development team.

A planning application is expected to be submitted in Summer 2019.