Food factory demolition
The Northumberland Foods factory is to be demolished and the site cleared. Cameron Scott, local growth manager at Northumberland County Council said that the administrator had advertised the site nationally for over nine months and attracted no interest.
He also reported: “The building is at the end of its useful life and so we applied for planning permission to demolish and clear the site. The council recognises the economic and the visual importance of this site and was pleased to secure the involvement of The Design Council through its ‘Public Services by Design’ programme to work with Amble Development Trust, representatives of local Amble businesses, the local community and voluntary sector and the town council, to determine a future use for the site for the benefit of the local community.
“Two workshops were held in July, led by Nick Devitt of The Design Council. The main objective is to develop a visual action plan for the site. A number of alternative ideas and proposals for the future of the site and the broader regeneration of Amble town as a whole, were discussed and will be investigated in more detail.
“Planning permission has now been given for demolition and a preferred contractor selected. No specific date has been identified for demolition to start, but this will progress as soon as is possible.”