Town regeneration moves closer with site purchase

Bedlington councillors Val Tyler, Terry Johnstone and Alyson Wallace at the site to be developed.
Bedlington councillors Val Tyler, Terry Johnstone and Alyson Wallace at the site to be developed.

The regeneration of Bedlington has moved a step closer following the purchase of the former Tesco site in the town centre.

With Northumberland County Council’s support, the council’s development company Arch has now formally bought the 42,693 square foot site.

This is the first phase of Arch’s remit to deliver a comprehensive, mixed, high quality element to support the council’s strategy for regeneration and business growth that benefits the wider town centre.

Local people will be fully involved in developing proposals for a mixed-use redevelopment of the former Tesco site which aims to cover supporting the vitality of the Front Street by encouraging more people into the town centre to shop; revitalisation of the Market Place; encouraging town centre living; and supporting a better street and parking environment.

Coun Dave Ledger, Arch chair and deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “We’re delighted Arch has now bought this key site which emphasises our commitment to improving the town.

“This is a major step forward for the area, and securing the Tesco assets is the first phase in turning our plans into reality.

“We have been tremendously encouraged by the active involvement of local people and their involvement will help us to shape the future development of the town centre.

“We’re looking forward to the town centre plans developing over the coming months.”