Work restarts on Penrith New Squares development

New Squares site in Penrith
Image caption The original backers pulled out in 2008

Work has restarted at the site of a stalled development project in a Cumbrian town centre.

The £77m New Squares scheme in Penrith hit problems in 2008 when the recession led its Australian backers to pull out.

In 2010, Eden District Council then backed scaled-down plans for a Sainsbury's store, offices, restaurants and affordable housing units.

The housing construction has begun and enabling work is under way to prepare for the building of the supermarket.

The store and car park are planned to open in April 2012.

However, the council said that Sainsbury's representatives had indicated the date might be brought forward by a few months.

This would "reduce the period of disruption and inconvenience to the community".

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