Public to get preview of Newbiggin plans

An open day is being held in Newbiggin next week to engage the community in revised designs for a new building on Front Street.

The revised design responds to community feedback, and the plans will be on display on Wednesday, December 17, from 1pm – 7pm at St Bartholomew’s Church Centre on Front Street, Newbiggin.

Members of the community, businesses and residents are invited to view the revised proposals at a drop in public exhibition, where representatives of Arch, The Northumberland Development Company and its team will be available to answer any questions.

Arch, in partnership with Northumberland County Council are to lead the development of the new building to contain the Council’s Library Services, public conveniences, Town Council office and residential apartments.

Arch will invest £1.3m to develop the site with a contribution from Newbiggin Town Council. The site is located on Front Street, currently occupied by the former Railway Inn and the long term vacant New Dolphin public house.

The ground floor will accommodate the council’s library services, along with an office occupied by Newbiggin Town Council. It will also provide modern and accessible public conveniences, while the upper floors will accommodate apartments available to rent from Arch.

Coun Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council: “This building is an exciting development which will benefit Newbiggin.

“The building will house superb services including a new library, providing a modern learning and reading environment for local people. We listened to concerns and feedback and therefore I hope people take this opportunity to come along and see the revised designs and proposals.”