Extension work on target

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WORK on the extension at Proudfoot’s flagship store in Newby is on target for completion in May.

The family-run supermarket chain was granted planning permission for a 23ft extension after members of the council’s planning committee voted unanimously in favour of the application in November.

The development included the demolition of two houses, which contained four occupied flats, to allow for a new double-lane vehicle exit at the rear of the shop.

Following the granting of planning permission demolition work started at the site in December.

Ian Proudfoot said: “The main contractors are doing a marvellous job. We do have quite a fast track programme to build this building as we believe the shorter it takes, the better it is for everybody.”

He added that the new extension will be fully operational in May and has run to schedule despite extreme weather conditions at the end of last year.

In the last few weeks the steelwork has gone up, 70 per cent of the brickwork has been laid, the roof has gone on and the concrete slab has been poured.

The surrounding area will be landscaped with hundreds of plants going in during the last week of March.

Mr Proudfoot said: “There has been some very good progress. We want to get on and get it finished and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to it.”

He thanked the main contractor Sleightholmes and Terry Petch, who is the Proudfoot group’s manager for this project.

This is the fourth extension at the store, which opened in 1965 with 4,000sq metres.