Work to breathe fresh life into the site of the former Blyth Power Station has taken a step forward.
The first phase plans for the reclamation of the site have been approved by Northumberland County Council in collaboration with the Environment Agency and Natural England.
Arch, which acquired the site last May, is leading on the delivery of the project within the North East Enterprise Zone – which is one of the largest available development sites in the North East.
Funding has been secured from the county council, North East Local Enterprise Partnership and North East Combined Authority for the first phase of works to make the site ready for development.
The search has begun to procure a contractor to carry out the work to reclaim the land to create a 16 hectare development site.
The site comprises the former power station and former Ash Barge Dock which has remained derelict since the power station was demolished with the last chimneys coming down in 2003.
A spokesman for Arch said: “Arch is also seeking the necessary consents for subsequent stages including the modification of the former ash barge dock which will enable all available development land in Cambois to be connected to the Port of Blyth.
“The total works are expected to take between 12 and 18 months. Once completed Arch is confident private sector investment will follow to provide a significant boost to jobs and local economy.”