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03/10/2017

Development Plans for Bedlington Town Centre

Since securing outline planning consent in June, an exciting new retail led scheme is taking shape that could transform the town centre creating exciting new places to visit, live and shop.

Once completed, this flagship development will form a pivotal focal point for the town whilst also delivering a mixed-use scheme with positive economic, social and physical benefits.

Discussions with prospective tenants, in particular the food anchor are now coming to fruition and a number of other well-known national retailers are also keen to be part of the scheme.

With outline planning consent secured the next stage is to discharge relevant planning conditions and secure reserved matters consent. Arch has already commenced the process for procuring a building contractor. The current programme is targeting to see work onsite 2018.

08/09/2017

Drop In Session

Arch is inviting Bedlington residents to hear about the good progress with its development plans for Bedlington Town Centre.

With planning permission now secured, an exciting new retail led scheme is taking shape that will transform the town centre creating exciting new places to visit, live and shop.

To keep local residents and businesses appraised of progress and to hear the latest updates on timescales, design and securing retailer interest, we have arranged a drop in session.

This will be held on Thursday 28th September (3pm-7pm) at the Bedlington Community Centre, 60 W End Front St, Bedlington, NE22 5UB.

Representatives of Arch will be on hand to discuss the latest developments and answer any questions you may have.

14/08/2017

Bedlington Town Centre - Progress Update

Arch are making good progress with development proposals for Bedlington Town Centre. A retail led scheme is emerging that will be capable of transforming the town centre, creating exciting new places to visit, dwell and shop.

Since securing outline planning concept In June, Arch with their design team have been working hard in progressing the design, working alongside interested retailers and the local planning authority.

Once completed, this flagship Arch development will form a pivotal focal point for the town whilst also delivering a truly mixed-use scheme with many positive economic, social and physical benefits.

Discussions with prospective tenants, in particular the food anchor, are reaching fruition and a number of corporate retailers have expressed an interest in being part of the scheme. Now that outline planning consent is secured securing these anchor tenants forms the next stage of development.

With commercial viability a core objective of the development, immediate efforts have been concentrated on five key activities:

    1. Demolition, site clearance, site investigations and remediation;
    2. Design of a financially viable masterplan to demonstrate the capability of the site to the market and provide a balanced mixed-use development that will complement and add value to the existing Bedlington offer;
    3. Obtain outline planning permission for the development;
    4. Attract new investors into Bedlington to increase retail diversity and create the economic catalyst for commercial development; and
    5. Introduce a new housing offer with a diversity of tenures to satisfy market demand for town centre living.

Planning

The pre-planning submission public consultation was held 6th December 2016 at the Salvation Army Hall. County Councillors, Town Councillors and members of the Bedlington Delivery Group were invited to a preview. Over 150 people attended on the day with 140 providing feedback, of which 98% were generally in support of the development proposals, agreeing that there is a need for more shopping and leisure facilities in Bedlington and agreeing that the scheme would enhance Bedlington Town Centre.

The outline planning application was submitted 9th February 2017 and approved at Strategic Planning Committee in June 2017.

The design team meet weekly and are now working with Arch Developments in preparing the ‘reserved matters’ application and discharge of conditions. However, some of the detail is subject to retailers / other users’ requirements which are yet to be defined.

Tenant Profile

The scheme is attracting good levels of interest in the retail market and we are confident of underpinning the development with two “anchor” stores. The primary aim is to secure a c.2,000m2 discount food supermarket and a c.1,500m2 non-food discount store, we are in direct discussions with two major retailers to fulfil these roles. General feedback is looking positive and once the anchors are secured a number of complementary retailers are also keen to take units within the scheme.

Development names

A naming competition (My Town My Vote) for the development was launched in February, led by Leading Link, nearly 2,900 votes were cast. The winning name was Pipers Place (947 votes) followed by The Forge (811 votes), Market Square (562 votes) and The Cross (481 votes).

Ballot boxes toured local schools in Bedlingtonshire and were placed in local businesses, churches and care homes. The campaign involved the design of a local mascot ‘Bedlington Ben’ and included stickers and posters, all designed by young people involved through Leading Link youth charity.

The name is yet to be adopted. Consideration needs to be given to its suitability for a retail led development and also the Council’s Street Naming and Numbering process.

Bedilngton Retail LaneBedlington Ariel

22/05/2017

Update

The town centre development continues to move forward and deliver key milestones. The outline planning application was validated on 10 February 2017 and the project team continue to work with NCC case officers to satisfy queries. To date the Arch project team have successfully started working through areas such as drainage, highways and archaeology to assist the planning department. Subject to the provision of further information on heritage, the application is currently scheduled to be considered by Members of Planning Committee on 6 June 2017. In addition, an enabling package of infrastructure works has been successfully prepared by engineers which is key to ensuring we are ready to start on site once planning is approved.

The Arch team also continue to work with our professional agents and interested retailers to secure commercial interest for the site. The retail configuration has advanced and negotiations with key retailers continue to progress positively in line with planning timescales.

Following the town vote Piper’s Place was selected as the name for the exciting new town centre development – exciting new visuals coming soon and previewed on the website.

Subject to planning being approved in June and tenants secured, it is anticipated that the construction tender will be issued this Autumn with work expected to commence in early 2018.

29/03/2017

Bedlington Meet the Buyer Event

Opportunities for suppliers and services to the construction industry

Arch appointed Morpeth based contractor NB Clark to bring forward the development, of 18 new, high quality (and affordable) two bedroom apartments (to rent targeted at the over 55s market) on the Old School Site in Bedlington. NB Clark has commenced works to construct the 18 new, high quality two bedroom apartments. There are opportunities for trade’s people with varying backgrounds to register their interest in areas of work including:

  • Roofing
  • Bricklaying
  • Window and door supplies
  • Steel fixings
  • Scaffolding
  • Screeding
  • Plastering/partitioning
  • Floor coverings
  • Decorating

Would you like to be involved?

An opportunity to ‘Meet the Buyer’ and register your details on a supplier database will take place on:

Wednesday 5th April 2017, at 5pm (The event will finish at approx 7:00pm).
Bedlington Community Centre, W End Front St, Bedlington NE22 5UB.

This event will provide an opportunity for any trades people to register their availability. After initial introductions and an overview of the project, there will be an opportunity to talk to NB Clark and Arch to register your details.

For further info please contact Lisa Harwood on 01670 528 492 or email lisa.harwood@arch-group.co.uk

If you cannot attend the event you can still register for more information

06/03/2017

Work to get underway on the Bedlington Old School site

Bedlington Town Centre development continues at pace with the revitalisation of a long term stalled residential site.

The former Bedlington old school site has reached a major milestone where work will now begin following a ground breaking ceremony on the site. Our plans to redevelop the centre of Bedlington build on its historic past but pave the way for a more prosperous future.

The former Bedlington Old School on Church Lane is situated in a high profile location, elevated above Bedlington Front Street. It was planned to be a residential development of 19 apartments back in 2008 but the site has lain fallow and in disrepair since.

Arch will now bring forward this development creating 18, 2 bed apartments for rent targeted at the over-55 market, re-establishing this corner of Bedlington at the gateway to the new development proposals on the former Tesco site.

Arch have appointed Morpeth based contractor NB Clark to bring forward the development, which is targeted to be complete and be ready for occupation in Spring 2018.

To register interest in the apartments please call Arch Homes on 01670 528 499 or visit www.arch-homes.co.uk

16/03/2017

Bedlington Naming Vote

The results are being ‘PIPED’ in as thousands back ‘MY TOWN, MY VOTE’ naming competition for £10m development

Nearly 2900 have their say as Bedlington gives thumbs up to Pipers Place in ground breaking vote.

Nearly 2900 votes have been cast to name a new £10m retail centre in the heart of Bedlington in what is being described as a ‘ground breaking exercise in community participation’. The winning name was Pipers Place which picked up 947 votes followed by The Forge on 811, Market Square on 562 and The Cross 481.

Ballot boxes toured local schools in Bedlingtonshire and were in local businesses, churches and care homes and thousands took advantage of the opportunity to cast their vote. The campaign involved the design of a local mascot ‘Bedlington Ben’ and included stickers and posters, all designed by young people involved through Leading Link youth charity. The count of the votes was overseen by the Town Clerk of West Bedlington Town Council as an independent adjudicator and involved dozens of young people.

Bedlington vote count

08/03/2017

Meet the Buyer Event

Works to construct 18 new, high quality and affordable two bedroom apartments to rent targeted at the over 55s market, will commence on Monday 20th March.  NB Clark will be completing the project on behalf of Arch.  We will be looking for a number of trades to support the completion and an event will be held to provide an opportunity for any trades people to register their availability. Dates and details for this event will be released in the next few weeks.

08/03/2017

Arch works with Parish Council to provide local parking solution

Arch has been working with East Bedlington Parish Council to solve a local parking issue at Bedlington Station.

The former car park of the Railway Tavern on Station Road will be re-opened to allow local residents of Bedlington Station and other users to benefit from additional car parking close to nearby local shops and local library.

Arch acquired the Railway Tavern at Bedlington Station last year, and had secured the site whilst the demolition of the former public house took place.

Arch will now resurface and reopen the Railway Tavern car park for public use later this month following discussions with the Parish Council.

East Bedlington Parish Council has agreed to take over the running of the car park in the interim and the car park will be free to use.

The Railway Tavern car park will be open for use from week commencing 27th March 2017, and will be looked after by East Bedlington Parish Council.

14/02/2017

Major improvements for Doctor Pit Park

The park has been closed since Monday 6th February for up to four weeks to allow the next stage of regeneration work in the well-loved neighbourhood park to progress as quickly and safely as possible.

Northumberland County Council is working with the local community in Bedlington to improve the facilities available at the park and the whole site will be closed to the public during this time.

The work will involve footpath improvements, removing redundant fences and old concrete play equipment foundations.

Existing planted areas will be improved and new ones created and a number of new trees will be planted.

A central seating area surrounded by colourful planting is also planned, and the grass areas of the park will be enhanced with swathes of spring bulbs.

A new SONA Dance Arch has already been installed and opened in December.

Council staff have put notices up around the park and alerted the local school so that parents and carers can arrange alternative routes to school.

Funding for improvements to the park has come from a number of sources including the Banks Mining Community Fund, the Suez Environmental Trust, Northumberland County Council and contributions to sport and play that have come about as a result of S106 legal agreements.

In a further phase of work a new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and a basket swing is due to be installed in the early spring once this phase of the works is complete.

08/02/2017

Planning permission has been submitted for the new town centre development.

Arch will continue to work with the planning authority to secure approval for the development. This will create a vibrant new town centre for Bedlington and contribute to the economic growth of the town by creating 180 permanent new jobs, 150 construction jobs, and injecting at least £1m into the local economy.

24/01/2017

Planning permission approved for the old school site.

Arch have been given the green light to move forward with the development of 18 two bedroom apartments.  This will provide affordable housing for the over 55’s, creating a much needed residential offer.  More information coming soon.

13/12/2016

Bedlington retail ‘rebirth’ takes a step closer

The new retail-led development planned for Bedlington by Arch has taken a step closer with the unveiling of new designs for the £10m scheme at a consultation event held in the Salvation Army in the town. At least 170 people attended the event with 98% of those providing feedback being generally in favour of the proposals.

The designs can be seen at www.investinginbedlington.co.uk and reveal plans which would create around 180 permanent new jobs for the town. This would inject at least £1m into the local economy.

Arch intend to submit an outline planning application in January 2017, which will consider the feedback received through the consultation. If approved, the proposals would regenerate a high profile vacant site, which currently lets down the historic core of Bedlington, improving retail opportunities and giving local people greater choice.

Whilst retail operators are unlikely to be confirmed until after any outline planning permission has been granted, the scheme could include a new supermarket, other shops, and services, as well as family friendly places to eat and drink.

The scheme is the centre piece of a wider £27m public and private investment programme in the town which has included a new school, investment in Gallagher Park, new private sector investment from Lidl which will see around 40 jobs created and new leisure facilities open to the public at Bedlingtonshire High School. The investment plans also include a new one stop shop for council facilities as part of Northumberland County Council’s Market Towns Initiative which aims to return council jobs and services to market towns like Bedlington.

 

22/11/2016

Public Consultation for Bedlington Town Centre development

The retail-led development scheme, led by Arch, Northumberland County Council’s economic development partner has reached a key milestone as the proposed £10m development of Bedlington town centre gathers pace.

Local people are being encouraged to take a look at the proposed development plans for an important site in Bedlington town centre. The plans will be on display; Tuesday 6th December from 2pm-7pm at The Salvation Army, Bedlington Corps, Hartford Rd West, Bedlington NE22 6HU.

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, providing the market responds positively to the final proposals. 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.

 

5/10/2016

Bedlington Old School site back in use

Bedlington Town Centre development continues with the revitalisation of a long term stalled residential site, which will offer new, high quality homes for affordable rent. The former Bedlington Old School on Church Lane is situated in a high profile location, elevated above Bedlington Front Street. It was planned to be a residential development of 19 apartments back in 2008 but the site has lain fallow and in disrepair since. Arch will now bring forward this development creating 18 new high quality homes for rent targeted at the over-55 market, re-establishing this corner of Bedlington at the gateway to the new development proposals on the former Tesco site. Arch have appointed ID Partnership architects to make design changes to improve the scheme and maintain a quality of architecture that is more sympathetic to the conservation area and the adjacent St Cuthbert’s Church. Subject to planning work will commence in early 2017.  Arch, is also leading the delivery of a mixed use development, on the former Tesco store, on Bedlington Market Place, and have cleared this key development site for the planned investment in Bedlington Town Centre. The investment proposals are on track and currently being assessed by Northumberland County Council planning department as part of a formal pre-planning application. Further announcements are anticipated over the next couple of months.

31/08/2016

Full steam ahead for Bedlington Town centre development

A development scheme, led by Arch, Northumberland County Council’s economic development partner has reached a number of key milestones as the proposed £10m development of Bedlington town centre gathers pace.  And the rapid progress on the scheme has been welcomed by all four County Councillors representing Bedlington and its surrounds. They say this is an important step forward for a scheme which is contributing hugely to over £27m investment by the County Council and its partners in the town; Last Tuesday (23 Aug) Arch submitted a ‘pre-planning application’ designed to open up dialogue with the county council planning department. This is often used to iron out potential planning issues in advance of a full planning application. In addition, Thompson’s of Prudhoe who demolished the old Tesco site on schedule handed the site back to Arch on Friday (26 Aug) which will mean the start of test ‘bore holes’ in preparation for actual construction which is likely to start early in 2017. The bore holes allow for detailed checks on the site for safety and construction purposes. Arch also revealed that they are in ‘commercial negotiations’ with a number of nationally recognised companies which are at various stages and that they’re committed to attracting, what they describe as, the ‘strongest retail offer for the site as possible’

 

5/08/2016

Demolition marks key milestone

The Bedlington Town Centre development has reached a major milestone with the demolition of the former Tesco store. Arch, is leading the delivery of a mixed use development, where the demolition of the rear of the former store, on Bedlington Market Place is nearing completion, clearing the key development site for the planned investment in Bedlington Town Centre. Demolition experts Thompson’s of Prudhoe were appointed to clear the site in preparation for future phases of the development. Ryder Architecture, a regionally based company with considerable experience working with local communities, are working on detailed designs for the redevelopment.  The demolition of the old Tesco site is a key milestone, the work has taken 12 weeks and incorporated the former Tesco store and adjacent vacant properties. The next stage includes investigation into the ground conditions where the buildings once stood in addition to other site assessments. An outline planning application preceded by public consultation for the new development is targeted for this autumn.

 

24/05/2016

Demolition plans revealed as £10M Bedlington town centre scheme picks up pace

Former Tesco site demolition to start ‘imminently’ as newly appointed design company ‘on site’ to create detail design plans for new development in Town. Plans to demolish the rear of the old Tesco site on Bedlington Front Street have cleared a series of hurdles as a Northumberland County Council Planning Committee approved detailed plans to clear the key development site for the planned £10m investment in Bedlington Town Centre. Demolition experts Thompson’s of Prudhoe have been appointed to clear the site in preparation for future phases of the development which will see new retail units and starter homes for the town. The demolition company will take ‘ownership’ of the site from 31st May onwards for duration of the demolition. Plans for the design are being drawn up by newly appointed design consultants Ryder Architecture, a regionally based company with considerable experience working with local communities. Ryder are working on detailed designs for the redevelopment based on results of a recent ‘community competition’ which showcased various opportunities for the town centre site.

The demolition of the old Tesco site is a key milestone as the design consultants (Ryder Architecture) prepare the detailed design which will be submitted to a council planning committee for approval and Arch Developments have revealed that the Bedlington Town Centre redevelopment is ‘one of the company’s top priorities over the next year’. The design company’s plans will build on designs recently showcased to over a thousand Bedlington residents and will include various aspects of the Bedlington ‘competition’ designs which were identified by residents as important. One area identified by Bedlington Steering Group and residents was the provision of ‘affordable starter homes for local families’. An Arch spokesperson added that the ‘views and opinions from various stakeholders would be incorporated into the design process as much as possible but it was vital to acknowledge that this was a commercial opportunity to use public and private investment to drive forward the long awaited development’. Arch Developments are writing to those affected by the demolition of the Tesco site to explain arrangements for the demolition and how it will impact on local communities and they’re pledging to keep inconvenience to a minimum but they’re also stressing that this demolition is a key milestone in the keenly awaited redevelopment.