Easington MP Grahame Morris, commenting on Praxis legal challenge against the redevelopment of the former East Durham and Houghall College site in Peterlee:
“Castle Dene Shopping Centre (Praxis) is blocking investment in Peterlee. We lost a Tesco supermarket because of their legal challenge, and they are using the same tactics to stop this retail park.
Praxis should not pitch themselves against the best of interests of the community and Peterlee residents, who welcome the investment, regeneration, and the potential new jobs the retail park will bring.
The retail park will attract more footfall to Peterlee, with more people using the Town Centre, and facilities, if they provide the shops and amenities people want.
Praxis should focus on improving its own retail offering rather than stopping others from investing in and backing Peterlee.”