A B&M store and garden centre might be springing up next to Tesco in South Bank creating scores of jobs in a ?3m investment.
The plans, for the Trunk Road, west of Tesco Extra, would see a single storey, 25,000 sq ft B&M store and adjoining 7,500 sq ft garden centre, with 114 car parking spaces.
A statement by S+SA Architects submitted to Redcar and Cleveland Council says the plan ?has been designed specifically for the retailer B&M.?
To the north of the site is the Eston Grange NHS Health Care Centre. To the west lies the Eston Tesco superstore and Low Grange Farm retail units, with current tenants including Subway, Card Factory and charity shop Barnardo?s.
Briarwood Care home is opposite the site, on the other side of Trunk Road, while an old sorting office is also nearby.
A planning statement claims the proposal will bring ?3m of inward investment to the Eston area and up to 40 new jobs once the development is complete, along with others during construction and through the supply chains.
Noting that B&M stores have two formats – B&M Bargains and B&M Homestores – the statement adds: ?It is proposed that this site will be developed for a B&M Homestore which is more suited to an out of centre location. The product range sold from B&M Homestores is predominantly bulky comparison goods.?
On Teesside, B&M already has stores at Redcar, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough?s Dundas Arcade, Stockton?s Portrack Lane and Castlegate Centre, two in Hartlepool and one in Billingham.
Portrack Lane, Coulby Newham and one of the Hartlepool outlets are branded ?homestores?.
The statement concludes: ?The development is sustainable and will improve retail choice in South Bank (Low Grange) District Centre, in line with the council?s aspirations for a competitive town centre.
?Up to 40 new jobs could be provided once the development is operational and up to ?3m will be invested in the site?s redevelopment. It has been demonstrated that there are no policies or other material considerations which would suggest that planning permission should not be granted.?
The customer entrance would face Trunk Road, with the building set back around 35 metres from it.
The application states that a ?pre-application inquiry? was made to the council in April 2016 and the planning authority ?noted that the principle of development is considered to be acceptable.?