New 30 bedroom hotel planned for Amble
Plans for a 30 bedroom hotel in Amble, together with a restaurant and bar, are being drawn up and could be submitted for planning consent as early as September/October this year.
The project is being led by Arch, the development company owned by Northumberland County Council.
The intention is to provide a bespoke, high quality visitor and leisure facility, which would be situated on the southern edge of Coquet Enterprise Park, behind the A1068 ‘fish roundabout’ and Percy Drive.
The news has been met with positive comments. Ann Burke, chair of Amble Business Club told The Ambler: “This is excellent news. The town needs more accommodation, and it will bring employment. It’s excellent for Amble.”
Julia Aston, director of Amble Development Trust said: “I am thrilled to bits with this news. The idea for a hotel in the town was something that was identified within our Amble 2020 strategy document. Together with the county council, we’ve been trying to attract a hotel to Amble. So this is really good news. Hopefully this will attract even more investment in the town and create more jobs.”
Amble Mayor Jane Dargue said: “This is something that has been on our wish list for a long time. The hotel will be a real boost for the town and hopefully a catalyst both for tourism and for the future development of other retail outlets.”
Arch, who own the land at Coquet Enterprise Park, are in discussion with an established regional hotelier, yet to be named, to create a three star plus boutique-type hotel.
Cllr Dave Ledger, Arch Chair and Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “Through the provision of an attractive food and beverage offer with modern, affordable accommodation there is a real opportunity to bring more economic activity into Amble and increase visitor numbers.
“Subject to planning permission being secured, this first class leisure facility will be located on a prominent site owned by Arch on the A1068 North East Coastal Route.”
Arch have appointed a design team, and is progressing with the development of the three star plus hotel, together with a high quality 150 cover restaurant and bar. They would look to submit a planning application for this development in autumn 2016, with the aim of appointing a contractor to deliver the scheme in spring 2017.
Cllr Scott Dickinson is business chair of Northumberland County Council and county councillor for the Druridge Bay ward. He said: “I look forward to seeing these plans progress.
“A development like this will be great for Amble and surrounding areas like Hadston and Widdrington – helping to attract many more tourists and visitors to the town and creating more jobs for local people.
“Once established, it can also provide a catalyst for further commercial opportunities in the area and in particular the Coquet Enterprise Park.”