A £2.1 million commercial property development is poised to commence in Southwick, Sunderland, bringing valuable employment opportunities to the area.

Modo Bloc, a developer based in Newcastle, has successfully obtained planning permission from Sunderland City Council for the revitalization of a previously unused site near Kings Road and Sunderland Road.

The project undertaken by Modo Bloc entails the construction of two units. One unit will span 4,000 square feet and will house Tesco, while the other unit, measuring 1,200 square feet, will accommodate Cooplands. Upon full completion and occupation, the development is projected to generate approximately 20-30 jobs.

George Jenkins, MD of Modo Bloc, explained: “I am delighted the city council saw the merit in our proposals to breathe life and energy back into this location, helping bring more jobs to this part of Southwick.

“This is a small but exciting commercial development that has attracted two high-quality retail tenants. It’s a perfect roadside location where demand will be high.

Modo Bloc director Ollie Stapleton added: “We hope to be on-site in the coming months, helping to regenerate this part of Southwick.”

Modo Bloc is already looking at other commercial development sites around the region and is currently seeking planning permission from South Tyneside Council for a £3m development project off Claypath Lane and the A194, in South Shields. Modo Bloc hopes to build three units as well as a Starbucks Drive Thru store.

Last year Modo Bloc secured planning permission from Stockton Borough Council to build 22 light industrial units on a brownfield site on Cowpen Lane Industrial Estate, Billingham. Construction of the 30,000 sq ft of new industrial space is due to start in the coming months. This project was the first of several planned projects in the commercial property development arena.

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