It is an exciting time for Bedlington. After a period of planning, preparation and consultation, the Bedlington town centre masterplan has been developed and now provides an ambitious blueprint for economic growth in the town.
Positive steps to increase levels of investment and economic growth in Bedlington have already begun, and it’s important to continue this good work; providing opportunities for the local community. To date:
- £2 million of investment has been made in leisure, including improvements to Gallagher Park;
- The new Bedlingtonshire Community High School will be complete by September, delivering quality facilities for the young people of Bedlington;
- Private investment from Lidl has brought a new store to the area and the creation of 40 employment opportunities for the Bedlington community;
- A one stop shop for Council services including the library and customer service has been established;
- Arch’s acquisition of the former Tesco site has offered an exciting opportunity for the development of a £10 million mixed use investment; including housing and retail opportunities.
The focus is now very much on continuing to encourage investment into Bedlington, and as a result efforts have moved from planning to delivery to ensure these ambitious plans are realised, investment continues and this exciting £10m town centre development is a success.
Investing in Bedlington is supported by number of partners:
The Bedlington Delivery Group
Led by the 4 County Councillors and includes local ambassadors from the business community, the third sector and young people. The group has been established to support activity and ensure that communications about Investment in Bedlington are open and transparent and available to all areas of the local community. They will also help to promote positive messages about the regeneration of Bedlington to help attract private sector investment and secure the future sustainability of Bedlington town centre.
Arch acquired the former Tesco buildings in July 2015 and as a first step in securing the long term development of the site. Since acquisition Arch has completed a pre-development study and condition survey of the building, commissioned a retail study to help identify new operators and launched a design competition for a lead architect. This engagement with stakeholder’s and local people was the next step following the site acquisition to help create a sustainable future for the town and its community aims will generate greater social value. Ryder, the winning architects were appointed to develop plans for the site.
The Newcastle office of national planning, design and economics consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners (NLP) have been appointed to handle the planning process. NLP is one of the leading town planning consultancies in the UK and a nationally renowned retail planning consultancy. For three years running, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) awarded NLP Planning Consultancy of the Year status, in 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. They serve both public and private sector clients throughout the UK and have worked on wide range of retail/leisure schemes and transformational town centre projects, including a number of projects located across Northumberland.
Ryder Architecture, will complete the design of retail, office, residential and public realm works in Bedlington town centre. The practice, which has designed a number of high profile regional projects such as Newcastle City Library and Newcastle Central Station, were appointed following a design competition involving a judging panel of over a thousand local residents.
Over recent years they have completed master-planning studies for over 4,000 acres of land including extensive experience of working in sensitive conservation areas. They develop economically viable framework plans which are generated from our strong local knowledge and detailed assessments of the physical fabric.
Arch Homes is Northumberland’s largest private residential landlord with an excellent reputation for taking real care of our homes and the tenants that live in them. We aim to offer good quality, affordable homes in Northumberland and its surrounding area.