In Bensham,1,204 people signed a petition against plans for a new Tesco Express on the site of the former Honeysuckle Arms pub after shopkeepers feared they would be forced to close down. Business owners along Coatsworth Road raised concerns about its potential impact on their trade. Many fear they won’t be able to keep with up with the competition from the store. They also questioned the need for another Tesco just a few minutes away from the major new store being built in Gateshead town centre.
13 June 2012
Plans to alter the property approved
Gateshead council’s planning committee approved applications to change signage and alter the property outside.