Tyne & Wear

Jobs boost from Dalton Park expansion

Dalton Park
Image caption The retail park is on the site of the former Murton Colliery

The multi-million pound expansion of a County Durham retail park has been given the go-ahead.

Plans for the Dalton Park complex at Murton, near Peterlee, include a cinema, restaurants, hotel and food store.

Up to 500 jobs could be created during construction and in the £35m scheme's new facilities.

The existing 55-acre site opened in 2003 on the site of a former colliery, and is home to about 70 shops.

Work is expected to begin within a year, and take 12 months to complete.

Jerry Hatch, Dalton Park's general manager, described it as the start of an "exciting decade".

He said: "The new scheme will not only enhance our retail offer but will service visitors both locally and regionally."

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