Plans to bring a Marks & Spencer and an Aldi to Whitby have moved a step closer, with a planning application now submitted to the borough council.
The proposal, which could bring more jobs and additional shopping options to the town, has been met with overwhelmingly positive feedback from members of the public.
According to research carried out by Lateral Property Group at a public consultation, 93% of people told them they support the proposals.
87% think that an Aldi store would benefit Whitby, 85% think that an M&S Foodhall would Benefit Whitby, 71% currently travel outside of Whitby to access an M&S, 47% currently travel outside of Whitby to access an Aldi.
A spokesperson said: “The public consultation has demonstrated that there is an extremely high level of support for our proposals to develop an M&S Foodhall and Aldi in the Whitby Business Park.”
If approved, the plans would see a 16,000 sq ft M&S Foodhall and a 16,920 sq ft ALDI, along with a large dedicated customer car park built on the site adjacent to Homebase on the outskirts of town.