The planning application for the new Northumberland County Council headquarters in Ashington, dubbed by one critic ‘a palace for councillors’, looks set to be approved next week.
The plans are recommended for approval at next Tuesday’s meeting of the county council’s strategic planning committee, whose members have been on a site visit prior to their decision.
More than £32million of capital funding for the project – whose costs over a 35-year period are slated to be £38.5million – was approved as part of the council’s budget and medium-term financial plan.
The application is for a five-storey, grade-A office building, associated infrastructure and the provision of up to 474 parking spaces at a site on Lintonville Road, part of the regeneration of the North East Quarter.
The new site would comprise office space for 910 work stations, a community drop-in centre, a double-height chamber and conference facilities plus meeting rooms, a café and central atrium space.