Bedlington Borderlands

This webpage is a dedicated area for showcasing the work of the Bedlington Borderlands Place Programme.

Find out more about our plans for developing the town.

Bedlington Place Plan 2022-2033 (click link to access plan)

Our Place Plan for Bedlington builds on our strategic objectives and priorities.  It sets out our 10-year vision for the town’s future as a vibrant, growing, connected and inclusive place to live, learn, work, and invest in.

It has been shaped with input from the local community and partners and sets out our priorities to deliver investment and sustainable economic growth in the town. 

It lays out compelling evidence to attract future funders and investment that will bring about meaningful and sustained change. 


Bedlington will be a vibrant, growing, connected and inclusive place to live, learn, work, and invest in.  The town’s community will have access to outstanding skills and educational opportunities and quality local jobs including the advanced manufacturing, clean energy and renewable energy industries.  

Bedlington will celebrate, innovate and invest in our key assets to deliver a new and vibrant culture and leisure offer capitalising on our community, workforce, industrial heritage, public spaces and environment.  

Strategic Objectives 

  • Vibrant Town - Enhance the physical environment and condition of the town centre, encouraging new uses of existing properties to attract investment, increase footfall and spend from residents and visitors.
  • Growing Town - Safeguard existing employment and work collaboratively to create a skilled workforce able to access learning and training opportunities and jobs in growth sectors across south east Northumberland and the North East. 
  • Inclusive Town - Prioritise improvements to services by working in partnership to provide residents with wider opportunities to get active, learn, participate and enjoy their local town.
  • Connected Town - Embrace the benefits of the Northumberland Line and future walking and cycling infrastructure improvements so that residents and businesses can access work, shopping, leisure and culture opportunities. 
The Place Partnership Group has been established to oversee the development of the Borderlands Place Plan and Borderlands Town Investment Plan for Bedlington. 

The Place Partnership Group was established in December 2021.  It is made up of representatives from key public, private and community sector organisations. 

Michael Black - Advance Northumberland
Jeff Boyd (Bernicia)
Bill Cosby - East Bedlington Parish Council
David Fellows (Chair) - TT Electronics Bedlington (Welwyn)
Keith Grimes - East Bedlington Town Council
Adam Hogg - West Bedlington Town Council
Chris Johnson - Leading Link
Alasdair Kerr (Port of Blyth) and
Malcolm Robinson - NCC Councillor, Bedlington West
Christine Taylor - NCC Councillor, Bedlington Central
Victoria Thompson - West Bedlington Town Council
Alex Wallace - NCC Councillor, Sleekburn
Rebecca Wilczek - NCC Councillor, Bedlington East
Your input to consultations so far has been invaluable. We have used your views to help inform our plans.

Bedlington Town Investment Plan Survey (14 Feb - 04 Mar 22)

Bedlington BPP - Consultation overall summary 17 Mar 22