Plans to build a Tesco superstore at Sunderland Retail Park could go ahead after the Government Office North East decided not to call in the application.
Sunderland City Council’s Planning and Highways Committee had previously said it would have to wait for the development plans to be referred to government office, which could have resulted in a lengthy planning inquiry.
But the decision frees up the council to approve plans for the 8,378 sq m supermarket, which will create up to 759 full time jobs in the new store and four smaller retail units, built as part of the overall scheme.
Councillor Paul Watson, the leader of Sunderland City Council, said he was delighted that the Government Office North East had decided not to call in the application for a planning inquiry.
He said: “The fact that it will bring with it almost 800 jobs and millions of pounds worth of investment is really good news for the prosperity of the city, especially in the current economic climate.”