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Hotel planning application accepted

Jobs boost for the town as the hotel development is granted planning permission.
Arch – the Northumberland Development Company, wholly owned by Northumberland County Council, has had its planning application approved for a new hotel development in Amble.

The investment of up to £4m is expected to create up to 60 jobs during the construction phase, and the equivalent of 35 full time jobs once the hotel opens in Coquet Enterprise Park.

The 30 bedroom hotel and restaurant will be located just off the A1068 roundabout when entering Amble, situated on an undeveloped site within Coquet Enterprise Park.

The hotel accommodation includes a mix of family and twin rooms, with a 150-seat restaurant and bar area with further seating outside and car parking and cycle spaces.

The proposed development is part of Arch’s wider plan to enhance Coquet Enterprise Park, and builds on the momentum of recent economic development at the harbour. The hotel will contribute to the town’s tourism appeal by increasing the accommodation offer and helping to attract additional visitors. The hotel will be a catalyst for wider regeneration: Arch says the aim is to create a vibrant mix of developments to increase Amble’s employment, tourism, retail and housing offer.

A public consultation in September of last year, proved popular; the initial plans and concepts were received positively by residents and local businesses.

The proposed development work could start on site in spring 2017 with a completion date by spring 2018.
Cllr Robert Arckless, county councillor for Amble, said: “This proposal would bring quality new accommodation which would undoubtedly mean more visitors and therefore more business for Amble. It would also provide new jobs for local people and, subject to it achieving all relevant permissions, I will be very happy to welcome this new hotel development for the town.”

Cllr Dave Ledger, Chairman of Arch said: “The hotel proposal will not only enhance Coquet Enterprise Park as part of our long term plans for the area but it will bring much needed jobs to Amble. It is developments like this which increase the potential for attracting inward investment and it’s another example of our economic remit to deliver ‘profit for purpose’ to benefit Northumberland as a whole.”

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