RESIDENTS and businesses can find out more about plans to build a new retail development in Barnard Castle at a drop-in session next week.

Durham County Council has received an application to create a Lidl supermarket and Home Bargains store in the former Addison Auctioneers site in Roman Road.

An outline planning application has been put forward by Consolidated Property Group (CPG) for the new multi-million pound scheme which, if approved, will create about 60 full and part-time equivalent local jobs.

Work onsite could also commence in early 2020 with store openings by Christmas that year.

And next week, planning officers from the local authority will stage a drop-in session to allow people to view the plans.

They will also be on hand to answer queries about the scheme and to explain how planning applications are considered.

The drop-in session will take place at Barnard Castle Town Council Offices in Woodleigh, Flatts Road, on Thursday, February 21, from 4pm to 7pm.

All residents are invited to attend.

Stephen Reed, planning development manager at Durham County Council, said: “This application is a significant proposal for Barnard Castle and the surrounding area.

“We believe it is important that people who live and work in the town have an opportunity to examine the plans and ask any questions they may have.”

The application, which has the reference number DM/19/00260/OUT, can also be viewed online at publicaccess.durham.gov.uk/online-applications