RESIDENTS and traders have just days left to share their views on a proposed town centre development before a council decides whether to approve the plans.

Four planning applications have submitted to Durham County Council to redevelop the Festival Walk area, in Spennymoor.

For well over a decade, retailers have called for improvements to the rundown 1960s precinct to help rejuvenate the high street.

In 2016, the county council announced it was working with a private developer and supermarket chain on a scheme to redevelop the area.

Spennymoor's Festival Walk set to be flattened and redeveloped

The council plans to demolish the old Kwiksave store and a build a 47-space car park, with two accessible spaces and two electrical vehicle charging bays, in its place.

Hellens Group wants to clear the empty Kingfisher pub and car park site and pull down 27 to 53 Festival Walk and part of the mall's canopy to make way for a new 1,760 sq m Aldi store and 81 space car park, which is the subject of another application.

Hellens also wants to make alterations including new shop fronts to units 9 to 25 Festival Walk, which will be retained.

Durham County Council's planning officers expect the Aldi application to go to councillors on January 7 for a decision whilst the other three could be dealt with by officers using delegated powers by the end of the year.

The public has until November 22 to comment on Hellens' demolition proposal and November 28 on its proposed precinct revamp. Concerns raised so far include disturbance from supermarket deliveries, the impact of construction work on neighbouring houses, increased traffic and road hazards and a lack of long stay parking in the town centre.

Gavin Cordwell-Smith, chief executive of Hellens Group, said: "Hellens Group are delighted to be leading the regeneration of Festival Walk. Our application, alongside the applications made by Durham County Council and Aldi, detail our new vision for Festival Walk. Hellens Group will be demolishing approximately two thirds of the existing Festival Walk to make way for a new Aldi store. We are also undertaking the much-needed refurbishment of the retained units, to attract new tenants to the locality and provide new opportunities for employment.”