Council asked for opinion on proposed gigaplant

A neighbouring council has been asked for its views on proposals for a battery factory that could create thousands of jobs.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 10:00 am
An artist impression of Britishvolt's proposed gigaplant in Cambois.

Plans have been submitted to Northumberland County Council for a ‘gigafactory’ on the site of the former Blyth Power Station in Cambois, which are expected to bring 3,000 jobs to the region.

Electric vehicle battery manufacturer Britishvolt is behind the scheme, which could create a total of 8,000 new jobs over its plant and supply chain.

Now Northumberland County Council has written to North Tyneside Council asking for its views on the scheme saying it had until late April to comment.

A letter said: “This development is a Major development and it affects a right of way and the setting of a listed building.

“I shall be pleased to receive your observations by April 21 2021.”

he company says it is in talks with some of the world’s largest car manufacturers and is well on track to raise the funding needed to make the plant a reality.

It urged people in the area to back the plans so that it can meet the tight timescales it has set to get the factory up and running by 2023.

The deadline for comments is April 21, with the council hoping to make a decision by mid-June.

Britishvolt chairman Peter Rolton said: “There’s a number of gigafactories being considered in Europe and only so many manufacturers of equipment so we want the order in and confirmed because that’s how we can guarantee production for the back end of 2023.”