Council’s concerns for former library

Former Cramlington Library.'REF 1512146406
Former Cramlington Library.'REF 1512146406

Town councillors have questioned the need for more retail and restaurant units in Cramlington.

Officials at Cramlington Town Council have objected to plans to build new units on the former library site in the town.

Concerns have been raised about the impact the proposals would have on the town, and the need for more shops when units are empty in the nearby Manor Walks Shopping Centre.

In December the News Post Leader reported how developers Hammerson had submitted outline permission to Northumberland County Council for the demolition of the former library building, and the erection of new units, car parking, servicing and landscaping.

But the town council has raised concerns about parking and congestion.

Town clerk, Bob Baker, said: “The town council accepts the need for the site to be redeveloped, it cannot, however, support the current application.

“There is no evidence to suggest the need for further retail or leisure provision in the town centre.”

Coun Barry Flux aded: “The new building will be built on top of the existing county council car park which does not have the same time restrictions as the existing car parking.

“Whilst I accept that the plan shows new car parking spaces, will these have the same time restrictions? If this is the case then I worry that we will see more parking on nearby estates.”

A spokesman for Hammerson said: “The development would enable a retailer or leisure operator to open new purpose-built premises in the town centre, not only providing new jobs but also bringing a redundant and unused site back into use.

“The development would complement the ongoing improvement of Manor Walks and positively enhance the town centre. We have worked with transport consultants to ensure adequate car parking spaces will be available on the site and to avoid any adverse impact.”