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Town Centre Development Plans Available To View Online


Andy Millne

Outline Plans for the Bedlington town centre re-development have been registered with the planning department at Northumberland County Council.

The application on behalf of Arch (Development Projects) Ltd is said to "bring forward a retail-led mixed use scheme, in order to regenerate this key site, enhance the existing range and choice of retail provision in Bedlington Town Centre and generate economic benefits for the local area" 

The application is accompanied by an illustrative masterplan and elevation drawings, as well as a Design Code, which sets out parameters in relation to the scale and type of development which could come forward on the different parts of the site. 

The scheme includes the following elements:

  • A 1,716 sqm gross foodstore on the eastern part of the site.
  • New family pub/restaurant, comprising 560 sqm gross, on the northern part of the site.
  • A range of retail/commercial units on the western part of the site, ranging between 100 sqm and 1,500 gross in size (and totalling around 5,206 sqm), along with a health and fitness club (238 sqm gross) clustered around a pedestrian boulevard.
  • 12 residential units, above the smaller retail/commercial units.
  • Around 250 car parking spaces located across the site, in between the foodstore pub/restaurant and pedestrian boulevard
  • A co-ordinated scheme of hard and soft landscaping.

Whilst not included on the Illustrative Masterplan or the floorspace figures set out above, there is potential to include office accommodation as part of the development, above the new shop units which would be created. The description of development set out above includes Use Class B1 in order to allow for this. 

Application Summary

17/00444/OUT | Demolition of existing structures and erection of buildings in Class A1 (retail) and/or Class A2 (financial and professional services) and/or Class A3 (restaurants and cafes) and/or Class A4 (drinking establishments) and/or A5 (hot food takeaways) and/or Class C3 (dwellinghouses) and/or Class B1 (business) and/or Class D1 (non-residential institutions) and/or Class D2 (assembly and leisure) and/or betting office (Sui Generis) uses, with associated parking, landscaping and access (with all matters reserved). | Car Park Vulcan Place Bedlington Northumberland NE22 5DN

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Full plans can be viewed at https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OL2FGUQSMP200



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I think they are covering all their bases Ex B.  So they can invite as many occupiers as possible to get them filled.  

 

There are some interesting comments in the docs........

 

I quite like it......

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I also like it. I think it's a good move for the town and a good mix of uses so as not to bet everything on one sector. It seems like some of the units could quite easily change use if required.

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One thing I am concerned with is the upkeep of the cut between the Market Tavern and the old Johnson's shoe shop (Now Fireplaces). To draw people through it needs to be inviting. Hopefully a positive development here will help raise the standards of surrounding areas.

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32 minutes ago, Andy Millne said:

One thing I am concerned with is the upkeep of the cut between the Market Tavern and the shoes shop. To draw people through it needs to be inviting. Hopefully a positive development here will help raise the standards of surrounding areas.

It does appear that that area is not included in the scheme.

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It'll be a big improvement on what we've got though Andy does make a fair point regarding to 'the cut'. I particularly like the idea of many small retail units - that their use is flexible gets a tick in the margin. I think it could encourage visitors to the area.

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What happened to the plan that was the winning entry.

All seems so long ago. 

Now we have a call to name the development .

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What indeed Maggie......or what happened to the plans 52% of voters voted for?  

 

I wish the likes of Arch wouldn't go in for playing silly Bxxxxxs!  

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On 17/02/2017 at 11:41, Canny lass said:

It'll be a big improvement on what we've got though Andy does make a fair point regarding to 'the cut'. I particularly like the idea of many small retail units - that their use is flexible gets a tick in the margin. I think it could encourage visitors to the area.

County Council have their own agenda for the "Cut" and we cannot shame them into moving these.

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It is all taking far too long.

Delay of years and just maybe we are being 'fobbed ' off with the competition and name game.

The local elections will be interesting.

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2 hours ago, Maggie/915 said:

It is all taking far too long.

Delay of years and just maybe we are being 'fobbed ' off with the competition and name game.

The local elections will be interesting.

It hasn't taken the Red Army too long to start the Development of the new Kremlin  that is going into a neighbouring town.  

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Was it the Blyth News or the Chronicle that font-paged the artist's concept of the redeveloped Bedlington Town Centre one exciting evening circa 1964?  Whichever, I really think someone should make a start on it - whilst the children of the people who marvelled at that brave new Bedlington are still around! ;)

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