Tesco Stores Ltd, Sunderland
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This Design and Access Statement has been prepared to support a reserved matters application
submitted to Sunderland City Council for the erection of a modern Tesco eco store (A1 retail), four new
retail units, refurbishment of one unit to accommodate a Netto Supermarket, car parking (including
disabled and parent and child parking), and landscape improvements at Sunderland Retail Park,
Newcastle Road, Sunderland.
This scheme has taken into the account the following design and access considerations:
To deliver a well designed development which will help to create a new image and focal point for
Sunderland Retail Park.
To incorporate the latest energy saving technologies in order to ensure that the store minimises its
impact on the environment.
To fully integrate the design of the development with the surrounding built environment.
To regenerate Sunderland Retail Park to accommodate a range of retail units providing shops, and
other facilities together with a new superstore.
Residents of Southwick will no longer have to travel as far to undertake main food shopping trips and
therefore reduce the carbon emissions associated with such trips.
To provide active frontage along Newcastle Road which will create a high degree of prominence.
To incorporate a series of carefully designed public spaces within the site, linking together the individual
Offer further choice to local residents through the redevelopment of four additional retail units.
To redevelop a site that no longer suits the business requirements of its current occupants, and once
developed can meet the local need for improved retail provision.
To include suitable access arrangements for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users and motorists
which integrate with existing roads, paths and surrounding development.
To maximise the potential for wider regeneration benefits by providing an opportunity for significant
inward investment, facilitating the provision of local jobs and aiding social, economic and physical
This design and access statement demonstrates that the scheme meets all of the above objectives and
would deliver a high quality, and accessible foodstore for the residents of Southwick. The application
also seeks to improve the visual and environmental quality of the site.
3D Visual of Sunderland Retail Park
Tesco Stores Ltd, Sunderland
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1.1 This Design and Access Statement has been prepared on behalf of Tesco Stores Ltd to support a
reserved matters application submitted to Sunderland City Council in relation to erection of a new
superstore (Use Class A1), four new retail units, refurbishment of one unit to accommodate a Netto
Supermarket, car parking (including disabled and parent and child parking), and landscape
improvements at Sunderland Retail Park, Newcastle Road, Sunderland. The proposed superstore will be
constructed to reflect Tescos eco store concept, making the store more energy efficient and reducing
1.2 This Design and Access Statement will address the scale, appearance and landscaping of the proposed
development. This statement does not attempt to address the principle of development or details on
siting and access which were established with the grant of outline planning permission in 2010 (LPA ref:
1.3 The proposed superstore will provide a net sales area of 8,378m2 and will be constructed to reflect
Tescos eco store concept. Further elements of the proposal are the refurbishment of an existing unit
to accommodate a Netto Supermarket, and the development of four new retail units totalling 2,661 sqm
gross. The application also seeks to retain an existing McDonalds Drive Thru Restaurant, together with
an existing Farmfoods and Blockbuster.
1.4 The proposal will create approximately 411 new jobs within the local area whilst also providing an
opportunity for the redevelopment of the site. The site currently contains several vacant units, which
contribute to the sites poor visual appearance. The proposed redevelopment will clear these units and
significantly improve the appearance and environmental quality of the site by providing a number of
1.5 The statement is provided as a consequence of the requirements of Section 42 of the Planning and
Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and has been prepared in accordance with advice set out in DCLG
Circular 01/2006. The document has also been prepared taking account of the CABE guidance
1.6 This statement has been prepared by DPP in conjunction with 3DReid architects and Mouchel, and
should be read in conjunction with the reserved matters application documentation including all
drawings and supporting information.
1.7 This Statement is structured as follows:
Section 2: Site Context and Analysis
Provides a summary of the background to the application proposals. This includes an assessment of
the site, its setting and policy considerations. It also provides an analysis of the sites form,
permeability and legibility and it also reviews the constraints and opportunities affecting the site.
Section 3: Design Vision
Provides a discussion of the design principles of the scheme in respect of the use, amount, layout,
scale, landscaping and massing.
Section 4: Access
Provides a summary of the principles of the proposed development for securing good access by
pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
Section 5: Social and Economic Considerations
Provides a summary of the social and economic benefits brought by the scheme.
Section 6: Sustainability
Provides a summary of the sustainable construction methods and energy saving technologies to be
incorporated into the store under the Tesco Eco
Store concept. Further details can be found in the
accompanying Sustainability Statement.
Section 7: Conclusion
Provides a brief conclusion on the previous chapters.
This Design & Access Statement has been written
in accordance with guidance from The
Commission of Architecture and the Built
Environment (CABE). It explains how design
statements can help ensure that high-quality
places are successfully created. This guide
encourages everyone to think about how
inclusive, practical and attractive a place will be
once it is built.