UP to 60 new jobs will be created as part of a multi-million pound retail complex.

As a knock-on effect to proposals for a new hotel, supermarket and food units at the former bunker site on Alemouth Road, in Hexham, it was revealed this week that a number of permanent jobs would be created.

Newcastle-based Union Property Services has submitted a planning application for a Lidl supermarket, a four-storey Travelodge hotel and 250 public car parking spaces on the site.

The application also requests outline planning permission for two further retail units, believed to be earmarked for national restaurant chains.

Senior project manager at applicants Union Property Services, Peter Carruthers, said he was excited about bringing such a major development to the heart of the Tyne Valley.

He said: “Our retail impact statement certainly claimed that in the region of 60 permanent jobs would be created, and this development is only going to be a positive thing for Hexham.

“It will provide extra services that the town doesn’t have while providing new jobs.”

In the planning statement, compiled by real estate consultants Lambert Smith Hampton on behalf of the applicants, it was also stated that there would be a significant economic investment of approximately £20m to develop the site.

Other economic benefits expected from the scheme were extra trade for nearby businesses, an increase in tourist numbers to the town and improvements to local roads.

Further details outlined in the planning application show that the hotel would house 69 bedrooms over four storeys, with a bar and restaurant to be created on the ground floor.

The application from Lidl is for a large base covering a total of 2,177 sq m.

The planning application also confirmed plans from Northumberland County Council to create 250 car park spaces to the rear of the development.

On the back of a well-attended public consultation meeting in Hexham’s Queen’s Hall in November, a further event is planned for Hexham Abbey on March 23.

Mr Carruthers said: “We have had a series of consultation events and workshops with a variety of public service groups in Hexham so far and, broadly speaking, they have all been very positive and supportive of the development.

“We have listened to people’s comments and there was definitely a desire to make the connectivity of the site so we have managed to integrate pedestrians and cyclists from Haugh Lane to Alemouth Road and back, and along to the railway station.

“We will have representatives from the development and design teams available at the consultation event to take any further comments.”

The site had previously been used as a nuclear bunker but is thought to have been vacant since the 1990s.