Wooler Retailers and Traders Association opposed plans for a 750 sqm supermarket on the derelict former Ferguson's Transport site on south road. An original application for a 850 sq m supermarket was withdrawn after planners indicated the plans should be refused because of its impact on the vitality and viability of the town centre.
However, the developers submitted a new smaller scheme but traders still believed it would have a negative impact on the town. A study by consultants White Young Green advised that the proposal would result in a loss of trade to the town centre of 15 to 30 per cent and traders pointed out that it would therefore have a significantly adverse impact and the reality is that it will lead to staff redundancies on the high street.
In April 2011 the plans were approved by Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee.
In December the developers, Silvercoin Investments Ltd, withdrew their interest and allowed their option to buy the land to lapse. Please see an article in the Northumberland Gazette, 14th February 2012.