Plan for old library site

The former Cramlington library site.

The former Cramlington library site.

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Planning approval has been granted to create a new scheme on a disused library site in Cramlington.

Northumberland County Council’s planning committee granted permission to Hammerson on Tuesday to transform the former Cramlington library site into a purpose-built 20,000 q ft space suitable for retail or leisure use.

Colin Farrow, assistant director of retail parks at Hammerson, said: “The decision is a positive initial step in bringing forward the redevelopment. We believe that the proposed new purpose-built unit in Cramlington town centre will provide valuable space for a retailer or leisure operator, whilst also complementing the ongoing improvement of Manor Walks.”

Hammerson’s proposed plans to develop the site adjacent to Manor Walks reinforces its ongoing commitment to enhancing the local economy by helping to provide much-needed new jobs as well as ensuring Cramlington is a vibrant and sustainable community.

In addition to transforming the vacant site, which has remained empty since the library relocated in May 2013, the proposed plans also take into consideration access, parking and landscaping.