Consultation for barge dock plans

Arch has secured funding to invest in the former Ash Barge Dock to upgrade it to allow larger vessels to berth as part of a package of measures to secure jobs and economic growth.
Arch has secured funding to invest in the former Ash Barge Dock to upgrade it to allow larger vessels to berth as part of a package of measures to secure jobs and economic growth.

Proposals to improve the former Blyth Power Station dock – known locally as the Ash Barge Dock – will be on display to the public next week.

Arch has secured funding to upgrade it to allow larger vessels to berth as part of a package of measures to secure jobs and economic growth and ensure all available development land in Cambois is connected to the Port of Blyth.

People can see the plans on Wednesday, March 1, at Cambois Primary School, Cowgate, Cambois, between 1.30pm and 7pm.

The investment and asset-based business, which was set-up by Northumberland County Council in 2012, is leading on the delivery of the East Sleekburn site.

It is part of the North East Enterprise Zone and one of the largest available development sites in the North East to provide a premier UK location for a range of energy, marine, oil and gas industries to complement and enhance the Port of Blyth’s existing facilities.

Arch acquired the site in May 2016 and immediately set out a major regeneration programme.

The first phase plans for the reclamation of the former Blyth Power Station site were recently approved. They will involve earthworks operations to reclaim the land to create a 16 hectare development area.

As a strategic site within Northumberland, it is targeted for significant economic growth and future jobs.

The former Ash Barge Dock has remained derelict since the power station was demolished – with the last chimneys coming down in 2003.

Following the public consultation, Arch will seek to submit a planning application in March and, subject to approval, start works in Autumn 2017.

The total works are expected to take between 12 and 18 months and once completed, Arch is confident private sector investment will follow to provide a significant boost to jobs and the economy of Cambois, Blyth and the Northumberland region as a whole.

Representatives from Arch and their consultants will be on hand during the consultation to answer questions and listen to feedback.