Plans for old Tesco store to go on display

Plans to regenerate Bedlington town centre are to go on show.

Sunday, 4th December 2016, 7:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 3:38 pm
From left to right: Councillors Val Tyler, Alyson Wallace, and Dave Ledger, Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council and Chair of Arch.

The proposed £10million retail-led development scheme, led by Arch, has reached a key milestone.

Local people are being encouraged to take a look at the proposed development plans for an important site in the town centre.

The plans will be on display on Tuesday, December 6, from 2pm to 7pm at The Salvation Army, Bedlington Corps, Hartford Road West, Bedlington.

The public consultation will showcase the proposed plans for the former Tesco site, giving people the opportunity to feedback and comment.

Subject to obtaining planning permission, it is envisaged several of the first phases will move forward quickly.

The proposals will improve the choice of shops and other services in the town, as well as help to create a significant number of new jobs.

In response to the feedback from the community at the previous design competition, the proposed development is now more of a retail-led mixed use development with residential incorporated in upper floors of retail. The plan has been developed in response to retail interest and will follow once the planning application is submitted and consent obtained.

Dave Ledger, chairman of Arch said: “The Bedlington Investment represents a serious long term and major commitment by creating a superb new town centre environment for local people. I am excited to see the plans to revitalise Bedlington continuing at pace. I hope people take this opportunity to come along to see the proposed plans for the site.”

Coun Alyson Wallace, on behalf of Bedlington councillors, said: “This is another welcome step forward and it demonstrates the Bedlington investment plan in the town.

“From the High School to Gallagher Park, the town is seeing the biggest investment in generations. The town centre development will see a rebirth of Bedlington and there will be great opportunities for residents and businesses alike.”