Disappointed residents of Doxford Park have lost their battle to stop a new Aldi from being built on the site of the Croftside Care Home.
Concerned residents of Knollside Close fear that the new supermarket will bring unbearable levels of traffic to their doorsteps.
But the South Sunderland Development Control Sub-Committee voted to approve the plans by 4-1 at a meeting today
The campaigning residents had collected more than 400 signatures on a petition against the proposed development.
But planning regulations meant the council committee was forced to give the supermarket the go-ahead.
Speaking at the meeting in Sunderland Civic Centre, Knollside Close resident Jackie McDonald said: “The Aldi store will lead to increasing levels of traffic.
“There is a huge level of opposition to this store.”
A spokesman for the council said the amount of traffic on the surrounding roads would only increase by five per cent, with just two heavy goods vehicles arriving at the store each day.”
He said: “The road network has the capacity to deal with this change.”
Peter Wood, Conservative councillor for St. Michael’s ward, said: “I can understand the concern of the residents of Knollside Close.
“But I don’t think members of the committee have much option [but to approve the plans].”#####