12/12/12 Dominos pizza, greggs bakery and Barnardos Charity shop replace antiques centre
PLANS to replace an antiques centre with a pizza shop, bakery and charity store
have been approved near a controversial out-
The store now has permission to be divided into three units which will house a Domino’s
Pizza, Greggs Bakery and Barnardo’s charity shop. The area has undergone a major
regeneration over the past two years with a McDonald’s restaurant and drive-
And across the road a new shopping complex featuring eight stores has been built
with plans for a further four next door approved. Plans for a multi-
Councillors, residents and town centre businesses fear the out of town shops will drag trade away from the centre, while supporters of the St Helen Auckland shops say they will attract more visitors to the area who will then go into the middle of Bishop Auckland.
Planning officer David Walker said the owners of the Abraham Business Park, who submitted the change of use application, had investigated the possibility of the three new businesses opening in the town centre.
He said: “The applicant’s analysis has dismissed all vacant units within the town centre as not being suitable.”
The planning officer said both Greggs and Barnardo’s already have shops in the town centre and would not wish to open further stores so close.
Mr Walker said: “With regards to Domino’s, the applicants have dismissed units within the town centre on existing parking restrictions within the centre and the need for the premises having a suitable drop off and pick up area for customers.”
Source Northern Echo
07/12/2012 : Cinema Plans proves popular:
The Cinema Exhibition held at the Bishop Auckland Football club, proved popular with residents and Co Durham Lesuire Chief, Maria Plews. The scheme which hopes to provide new shopping outlets, a 6 screen cinema, a lazer quest and a bowling alley, accompanied by new restaurants. It is hoped that is will create up to 500 jobs.
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03/12/2012 Support your Cinema go and see the Plans at Bishop Auckland Football Ground
The development is being planned for 24 acres of wasteland next to the West Auckland bypass and behind the Tindale Crossing Pub. Land Planning Partnership, the company behind the plans, will be seeking the views of the public at the club on Wednesday and Thursday, December 5 and 6. 10am to 8pm
There are also several shops, a food court, and bowling alley planned as part of the cinema development.
The consultation will be open from 10am to 8pm with the public’s opinions going towards a planning application to be submitted to Durham County Council in the near future. The site, which used to be a brick works and builder’s yard, has been derelict for decades.
Source: Northern Echo and Facebook Pages " I would Go to a Cinema in Bishop Auckland"
05/10/2012 Statue for West Auckland
A STATUE to commemorate a village football team winning the first “World Cup” moved
a significant step closer after planners gave it the go-
Designed by London-
Work on the plans started in 2009, which was the centenary of the year a team of miners from West Auckland went to Italy to compete for the Sir Thomas Lipton trophy.Thanks to funding from the Arts Council, three artists came forward with potential designs for the artwork in honour of the local club’s achievements. Mr Boonham, who created the bronze statue of Cardinal Basil Hume which stands outside St Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle, was chosen ahead of designs from Lucy Glendinning and Mark Merer.
His statue was chosen by a steering group of local people, along with Groundwork North East and Durham County Council. It is hoped it will be erected next April.
The first ever World Cup featured four teams and was arranged by the tea magnate
and philanthropist Sir Thomas Lipton to celebrate “the beautiful game”. The competition,
which attracted teams from Germany and Switzerland as well as the host nation and
England, was repeated in Turin two years later. Not only did West Auckland surprise
everyone by winning it in 1909, they also retained the trophy in 1911 beating Juventus
Durham county councillor Rob Yorke said: “It has taken a long time, but this bronze sculpture will immortalise West Auckland Football Club’s achievements for generations to come.” Coun John Shuttleworth said: “The first ever World Cup is still talked about and it is only fitting that the team's achievement, which put West Auckland on the map, is commemorated in the village.” It has taken a long time, but this will immortalise West Auckland Football Club’s achievements. click here for the PDF
M&S move to St Helen Auckland
AFTER months of speculation and despite a petition signed by 6,000 people urging
them to stay in a town centre, Marks & Spencer will move to an out-
Costa Coffee has received permission to erect signs outside one of the two smaller
units at the front of the site. Pets At Home has also submitted an application to
Durham County Council and its plan shows units occupied by shops including Next,
Brantano, JD Sports and Carphone Warehouse. Mark Stirling, retail director for Metric,
confirmed the plan, but said the latter two shops are not yet finalised. Rob Yorke,
county councillor for West Auckland , said the shops will benefit the whole Bishop
Auckland area. He believes M&S would have closed in the centre anyway. He also said
plans for a six-
Source : Northern echo 30/08/2012
West Auckland AFC secures place in the Final of the FA Vase at Wembley Stadium
West Auckland won there home game 2 -
Shopping Outlets Given the Go Ahead by the Government
The Six Shopping outlets were given the go ahead by the government -