Retail park plans go on show
Plans for a new Retail Park development in Amble, including Morrison’s groundbreaking “Neighbourhood Food Store” a first for the North East, will go on display next week.
The public will get the opportunity to comment on the new retail development proposed on the site of the former Northumberland Foods Factory on Amble’s industrial estate.
The plans will go on display on Tuesday 24th July, from 14:00pm – 19:00pm at Amble Development Trust, Fourways2, 6 Dilston Terrace, Amble, NE65 0DT.
In a joint development between Arch and supermarket Morrisons, the scheme will comprise of a 25,000 sq ft Morrisons food store, alongside a number of other national retailers, a petrol filling station and a Drive Thru facility.
In a statement announcing the edge of town retail development plans, Arch said:
“Located on the famous Northumberland ‘Coastal Route’, this development will transform the southern gateway into Amble and provide a destination of choice. It will bring jobs to the local area and ensure Amble has the shopping experience it deserves. We are also keen to ensure there are retail units available for local traders and opportunities to sell local produce.
“With over £10m of funds already invested in the town, Amble represents a high priority for Arch. We continue to promote tourism and leisure through ownership of Amble Links Caravan Park, in addition, we are well advanced in the development of The Amble Inn which is due to complete later this year.”
The development has scope to benefit Amble by:
- Improving and diversifying the range of retail and local amenity available to local residents
- Regenerating a prominent, derelict site
- Reducing the need for local people to travel elsewhere to do their shopping
- Significantly boosting the local economy, creating new jobs, as well as jobs in construction
- Completing the development of a key site as part of the broader regeneration of Amble by Arch.
As well as the 25,000 sqft supermarket, there will be an additional c.35,000 sqft of other retail, split across units ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 sqft. The development will also include improved vehicle access into the site, and improved connectivity to the surrounding housing for both pedestrian and cyclists and car parking.
Chair of Arch Cllr Richard Wearmouth said: “Working together with Morrison’s has been extremely rewarding, our joint plans will contribute a great deal to the regeneration of the Enterprise Park. This includes attracting private investment into Northumberland, creating new opportunities and jobs for local people while boosting the economy of Amble and surrounding towns. I look forward to seeing what local people make of the proposed plans and constructive feedback is always welcome.”
Subject to the consultation, the planning application submission is targeted for late summer and subject to approval work is anticipated to commence early 2019 with a store opening later that year.