RESIDENTS will get a second chance to view plans and share their opinion on the proposed redevelopment of a shopping precinct.

Pre-planning consultation on plans for Festival Walk, in Spennymoor, is underway by Durham County Council and potential developers Hellens Group and ALDI.

Public to get say over Spennymoor town centre regeneration

They will present their plans to the public at Spennymoor Town Hall, from 10am to 6pm today (Thursday, July 18), and MP Helen Goodman will host a public meeting, at which the plans will be available, the next night (Friday, July 19) at Spennymoor Leisure Centre, at 6pm.

The Bishop Auckland MP, whose constituency includes Spennymoor, said: “The pre-planning consultation is extremely important. Plans are not set in stone at this stage, and I think that everyone who lives or works in Spennymoor should have the chance to give meaningful feedback on these proposals.

“I was disappointed to learn that the Council consultation event would be taking place when many people are still at work. The public meeting on Friday evening is one more chance for people to see the plans and have their say about this exciting redevelopment project.”

Festival Walk was built in the 1970s and has had an uncertain future since site owners went into administration in 2009.

The proposals would see the county council buy and redevelop part of the site to create a car park and improve road junctions. Hellens Group would take over the majority of the site, rebuilding a large part of the existing mall to create a new larger ALDI store to replace the current one in Spennymoor. The remaining units will be refurbished to provide a selection of modern retail spaces.

To attend Friday’s public meeting, email goodmanh@parliament.uk or call 01388-603075. The consultation event on Thursday, led by Durham County Council, will operate on a drop-in basis.