Energising Blyth

Information about the investment strategy for Blyth Town Centre.

Alongside our partners, through Blyth Town Forum, we are energising Blyth Town Centre, integrating its historical, industrial and natural assets with a new mix of uses.

Please see the latest press release regarding the project - Blyth scoops extra funding for town centre scheme (09 Jul 20)

Many thanks to all those who came to the Showcase event at Westgate House in Blyth on Saturday, 29 February 2020 to give us your views.  The comments collected from that event are being fed in to the final bid that will be submitted to Government - more information on that will be posted here over the coming months.  

We still welcome your comments

In the meantime we very much encourage everyone to continue to give us your comments and opinions via the "My Town" website.  All of your views will be reviewed and will help us to inform the investment strategy.

Our aim is to create a productive, sustainable, welcoming and inclusive centre for residents, businesses and visitors.  To help make this happen, we are working up a full business case application to the government’s Future High Street Fund to support our aspirations for Blyth Town Centre.  We have recruited a team of consultants; Mott Macdonald, Aspinall Verdi, IDP Architects and Hall & Partners to deliver the business case and to create a deliverable investment strategy for the town.  

We will use this webpage to keep you updated and to give you opportunities to feedback to us as plans develop. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Investment in physical infrastructure - the acquisition and assembly of land rationalising and remodelling current assets. To improve this and other key gateways into the town from the Riverside and South Beach areas enhanced access by foot, cycle, public transport and car. Investment will consider an exciting and sustainable leisure offer.
  • Develop a new multifunctional Town Centre with a range of uses; rationalise and reduce the centre’s retail space with selected acquisitions and the provision of new private sector development opportunities. Renewing and diversifying the heart of the Town Centre including leisure, enterprise, services, and living opportunities
  • Enable changes of use including housing where appropriate - the investment strategy will seek to deliver interventions which attract more people into the Town Centre. This could include options around re-modelling to provide a better residential environment and broadening the offer to new residents
  • Develop new infrastructure measures to support the adaptation of the high street and a low carbon future in response to changing technology, such as electric vehicles, low carbon efficiency and data networks.

Blyth is also on a list of 100 towns who are eligible to apply to the government's Town Deal Fund, which gives an opportunity for an additional £25 million investment in the town.  We will be working up our proposals for this over the coming months.

Click here to read more about the Town Deal.

Click here to make comments on what you’d like to see through the Town Deal.

Click here to view the Boundary Map

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