Plans have been lodged to transform an eyesore site in Linthorpe that has stood empty for years.

The land at the former Roseberry petrol station, which has been derelict since 2017, might finally have a new use after developer James Hall & Co submitted an application to Middlesbrough Council.

If planning permission is granted, the Acklam Road site could have a new petrol station and SPAR convenience store.

The venture would also create up to 30 jobs – 15 full-time and 15 part-time. Labour Linthorpe councillor Philippa Storey said: “The site has been an absolute eyesore for too long.

“While I welcome the idea of replacing the petrol station and the site being returned to use and not left to rot, I will need to see complete plans to ascertain if it’s something that residents will want or be a nuisance.”

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The proposed opening hours are 6am until 11pm every day, with deliveries expected to take place from 6am onwards.

In 2020, the former petrol station made a Middlesbrough Council hitlist of 11 eyesore sites that the local authority were keen to see turned around.

In October 2021, the council approved investment of up to £1m to tackle some of the most prominent and problematic sites in the town.

This could even lead to the council buying up properties or land through a compulsory purchase order if the owners won’t take action.

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