Blyth: hotel, shopping and leisure scheme plans take major leap forward

Blyth: hotel, shopping and leisure scheme plans take major leap forward

Blagdon Estate is leading the £6m regeneration project which could create 150 jobs.

Plans to transform Blyth seafront with a hotel, shopping and leisure development have taken a major leap forward after they were officially submitted for approval.

Blagdon Estate is spearheading plans to develop a three-and-a-half acre site around Link House at Blyth’s South Beach, creating a two-phase scheme on the split site which would create 150 jobs.

Now the developer has submitted plans for the ambitious £6m scheme.

A planning application has been submitted to Northumberland County Council for the two-phase development, which sits directly to the west of the current Coastline fish and chip restaurant and Ciccarelli’s Ice Cream parlour.

Hundreds of Blyth residents and interested parties attended a public consultation event in Blyth hosted by Blagdon Estate, where the developers gathered feedback ahead of filing the application.

Plans for phase one will see Blagdon Estate create six retail units and a first-floor area suitable for gym, studio or restaurant use, together with 60 new parking spaces.

Detailed plans for phase two, which is likely to consist of leisure, hotel and pub / restaurant facilities, are expected to be submitted once work on phase one nears completion.

Stuart Hall, spokesman for Blagdon Estate, said: “We were overwhelmed with the turnout and the positive sentiment at the public consultation event we hosted in October. We took on board a vast number of constructive recommendations and the resulting plans show that we are keen to create something the whole town can be proud of.

“We feel strongly that these plans will build positively on what is becoming a hugely beneficial site for the long-term expansion of Blyth and its position as an attractive and progressive town to live in, work in and visit.”

Mr Hall said the consultation meeting also served to underline concerns around long-running access issues in that area. He says they will be holding discussions with the council and other key stakeholders to assist in developing long-term solutions.

Developers say the striking designs have been sympathetically created to be in tune with their coastal surroundings, using coloured weatherboarding, brick and glazed features set within a landscaped environment.

Blagdon Estate says it has already received keen interest from local, independent retailers and well-known national retail and leisure operators.

A 3,750 sq ft Coop convenience store is expected to take a prime spot on the development, with the other retail units ranging in size from 1,000 sq ft to 3,350 sq ft to be marketed shortly through North East based property consultancy firm @retail.

If approved, work on the site could start in late spring 2019, with an expected completion date of the following summer.

Source: Chronicle Live

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