Developers plan a £1m landmark building in town

An artist impression of the intended development in Newbiggin.
An artist impression of the intended development in Newbiggin.

A major new development has been unveiled which it is hoped will create a new landmark building as part of an ongoing regeneration plan.

Work could start later this year on the new development for Newbiggin,which would contain a library, public conveniences, town council office and residential apartments.

Arch, the Northumberland Development Company, has earmarked the site in Front Street, currently occupied by the Railway Inn and New Dolphin public houses.

The company, which will invest £1m to develop the site, is working in partnership with Northumberland County Council while there will be a contribution from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Town Council to secure the public conveniences and provide a small office.

A spokesperson for Arch said: “The ground floor will accommodate the council’s library services, along with an office occupied by the town council, which will replace the dated library in Gibson Street and be relocated within the town’s commercial heart, helping to support the local economy with an anticipated increase in footfall.

“It will also provide modern and accessible public conveniences, which local business and residents deem to be a much needed asset to help support the tourism offer.

“The public conveniences will replace the current inadequate provision.

“The upper floors will accommodate eight new two-bed apartments available to rent from Arch. Most of which will offer sea views.”

The development continues and expands previous regeneration in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, such as the bay replenishment project, installation of ‘The Couple, the Maritime Centre, shopfront and public realm improvements and most recently the Portas Pilot Town Team.

A planning application has been submitted this month, subject to approval it is anticipated that construction would commence later this year with completion date of winter 2015.

Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “This building is an exciting development which will benefit Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

“The range of facilities proposed in the new building closely reflect what local people told us they wanted and house superb new services including a new library, providing a modern learning and reading environment for local people.

“There has been a real revival in Newbiggin in the past few years, and we see the new development as completing the picture.”