The £50m designer outlet park will include up to 84 shops and create up to 700 jobs, A spokesperson for Scotch Corner Richmond LLP, the promoters of the new Designer Outlet Village at Scotch Corner said: “This decision today completely supports what we have always maintained – it has been concluded that it is unlikely that there will be any significant adverse impact on nearby town centres as a result of the creation of a high quality outlet centre which focuses on leading designer brands.
But some traders in nearby towns have said the decision will have a devastating impact on their businesses. The leader of Richmondshire District Council, said the authority was delighted the plans for a designer outlet close to the A1(M) had been given the green light, Darlington Borough Council however sounded a note of caution over the effect on town centre trade and fears the development could also affect Richmond, Northallerton and Thirsk, and is said to be very disappointing that the Secretary of State has concluded that the Scotch Corner Development will not have a significant impact on Darlington town centre contrary to the views of local traders and the Tees Valley authorities But will continue to work hard with businesses and stakeholders to further develop and ensure Darlington remains a vibrant and sought after town centre and continues to prosper. The council had approved plans but they were called in for the inquiry by the Secretary of State after concerns on the size and scale of the proposals – and the effects on the economy of neighbouring towns. The leader of Richmondshire District Council said the Government’s decision was wonderful news for Richmondshire and the economy of our area and will create a knock on effect for the area will be immense and we are very excited to see work on the scheme begin.
Deputy leader Cllr Ian Threlfall added that it is fantastic news for the area and people need to understand that what will be on offer is totally different to anything in our market towns or on the high street. Hambleton District, Stockton and Middlesbrough councils all opposed to the plans. Mark Robson, leader of HDC raised concerns as a result of feedback from our district’s businesses who felt it would have a detrimental effect to Hambleton as a whole. It is disappointing but not surprising it has been approved.