Both applications have received a minded to grant recommendation form the local councils and have now been referred to the Department of Communities & Local Government for final approval by the end of this month.
Construction on the new supermarket on Riverside Road in Sunderland, which is pre-let to Sainsbury's, is expected to start mid 2012, with the store opening in spring 2013. Once complete, the store will offer 60,000 sq ft of sales area, a petrol filling station and 537 parking spaces.
The Asda supermarket in Skelton will have a net sales area of 25,000 sq ft with 239 car spaces and a four-pump petrol filling station. Construction is due to start in the first quarter of 2012 and the store should be open for trade by the end of 2012.
Terrace Hill head of retail Duncan McEwan said: "These planning recommendations are a further demonstration of our ability to identify and source suitable sites for foodstore development. They also show how we are subsequently able to work with local residents and authorities, as well as major supermarket operators, to see these sites through the planning process, eventually delivering a product which not only creates value for our shareholders but provides an often much needed boost in services and investment to each of the local economies."