Council welcomes ambitious investment plans for Amble

Northumberland County Council  has welcomed an ambitious £7m  investment  scheme  to  boost  employment, tourism, retailing and housing in Amble.

The proposal, put forward by Arch, the council’s business arm, centres around  creating a vibrant  mix of developments on the Coquet Enterprise Park.

On Monday evening (6th)  local residents were able to view the proposals at the Amble Development Trust offices, and give their views.

A £7m housing development of 51 low energy homes for rent is being proposed, which will be a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom terraced houses, flats and bungalows with rear gardens, 80 car parking places and associated landscaping.

Arch is currently working with third parties to deliver a mix of uses on the Park to include a veterinary practice, retail units and a manufacturing facility. When complete, the site is expected to bring around 70 new jobs to the town, on top of construction jobs that will be created during the building phase.

Northumberland County Council’s Business Chair, Cllr  Scott Dickinson, said:   

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the town which will help  add to the regeneration and future growth of the area , while supporting local people in accessing housing and employment.

Arch has recently received planning consent to construct a 30 bed hotel and restaurant on the park, this investment of £4m is expected to create 60 jobs during the construction phase and the equivalent of 35 full time jobs in the town once the hotel opens in Coquet Enterprise Park. The hotel will contribute to the town’s tourism offer by increasing the accommodation offer and helping to attract additional visitors.

Arch is also actively assessing options for increasing the number of car parking spaces in the town to complement this growth and increased tourism potential.

“ Tourism is an important  contributor to the local economy and  there has long been a need for a  hotel in the town.  It is fantastic that this scheme will soon come to fruition, which will encourage visitors to stay in the town while creating jobs for local people.  

“ The consultation event on Monday was an opportunity for residents to come along , put forward  their views and raise any concerns with Arch and I hope these will all be taken on board as the scheme is progressed.” he added.

Following the public consultation Arch will seek to submit a planning application in March 2017. Subject to approval it is anticipated that works will to start in September 2017.
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