PROPOSALS for a potential multi-million pound development in Hexham have been unveiled to the public for the first time.

Newcastle-based firm Summers Inman Construction and Property Consultants invited residents to view their plans for the bunker site on Alemouth Road last Thursday.

It was revealed that a 69-bed Travelodge hotel was being planned for the site.

Budget supermarket Lidl was pencilled in for another premises, while there would also be space for two new restaurants – although a tenant for those sites has yet to be found.

Space for 250 public car parking spaces was also outlined in the plans.

The plans were generally met with positive reactions from residents, although the purpose of another supermarket for Hexham was questioned by some.

Resident Ian Cave said: “My only question is the Lidl foodstore. The Travelodge has 69 bedrooms which seems like a small number for the amount of tourists attracted by Hexham.

“Why not just get rid of the Lidl and expand the Travelodge? At least this means it will improve car parking.” If approved, the plans would also see improvements made to the Station Road roundabout, which Summers Inman say is currently running at 125 per cent capacity.

Director Peter Carruthers was pleased with the feedback.

He said: “It’s been a really positive reaction. We had a very good turnout from about 3.30pm.

“We’ve had some good comments from people. We’ve been asked – why Lidl and Travelodge – but they’re the companies that wanted to come here.

“The hotel offer should help to promote tourism.

“We’re not looking at competition for the Beaumont or the County. It’s a different option.

“We’re looking to go to planning in the third week of January.”

If approved, Summers Inman aim to have the work completed by summer 2020.