PLANS to open a Lidl store and a Travelodge on Hexham's bunker site have been given the go-ahead. 

The scheme, by Union Property Development, will see a 69-bed Travelodge hotel, a Lidl food store, and a 250 space public car park on the former bunker site, off Alemouth Road.

Permission was granted on Tuesday by the council’s strategic planning committee.

The £20m development is set to bring 60 new permanent jobs to the area and an estimated £2.16m visitor spending to Hexham.

See more in this week's Hexham Courant.