A £7M development for construction-focused trade outlets is being planned on the outskirts of an east Cleveland village.

The proposals involve land next to the Pheasant Fields Lane retail park in Skelton, where a large Asda supermarket became the first tenant in 2013.

National planning consultancy Lichfields has been appointed by Yorkshire-based Carnworth Estates to drive forward plans for the development.

Asda, B&M, Sue Ryder, Greggs, Marston’s and Aldi are already in place at Pheasant Fields.

The new proposal, on adjacent land, incorporates three blocks of ‘trade counters’ and premises for a new builders’ merchant.

Lichfields says a national builders’ merchant has been lined up to take a 10,000 sq ft unit, with an additional 3,500 sq ft mezzanine; creating up to 15 new jobs.

The trade counters will extend to about 38,000 sq ft arranged around the perimeter of the site.

Robert Dibden, Associate Director at Lichfields in Newcastle, said: “The proposed scheme would build upon the successful emergence of Pheasant Fields Lane as a popular destination.

“It can deliver a number of benefits for Skelton with new jobs and a new national brand for the area.”

Across the site, 67 car parking spaces will be provided, together with 'soft landscaping' and a new access road, off Pheasant Fields Lane.

The 2018 Redcar and Cleveland Local Plan has allocated five hectares to the south of Pheasant Fields Lane for a mix of commercial and residential developments.

Members of the public wanting to share their views on the proposals can do so on the following website address: www.carnworthskelton.co.uk and comments are welcomed up until December 22, via the online comments form.

A planning application is expected to be submitted to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in the new year.

If the development is given the go-ahead, Carnworth Estates hopes to begin work in late 2020.