Ambitious plans are lodged for marina

Major plans have been drawn up for part of a seaside town, which would create jobs and bolster tourism.

Amble Marina Limited (AML) has submitted an application to Northumberland County Council for a raft of improvement and building work in and around the marina area.

The scheme has been described as a ‘major investment’ for the town.

Ten timber holiday chalets inspired by the design of traditional nautical buildings, an extension of the marina building and renovation of the Coquet Street car park form part of the project.

Karl Brunton, managing director of AML, said: “We anticipate that the planned redevelopment, which we hope will be supported by town and council alike, will support and possibly create construction jobs locally and provide a small number of full and part-time positions for the holiday/tourism business.

“We want to continue development at Amble Marina, supporting tourism, shops and businesses in the town.

“We have always employed and sourced locally wherever possible.”

With approval, the Coquet Street car park would be renovated, which AML says would enhance the Town Square and still provide car parking.

The applicant believes it would bring to an end decades of neglect, as landscaping and fencing would be carried out and a permissive footpath left in place for easy access to the Braid.

The 10 timber holiday chalets would be a mixture of natural and painted timber and of a unique design.

They would be of varying sizes and located along the water’s edge, providing short-term self-catering holiday accommodation and allowing for plenty of car parking and boat storage.

They have been designed by architects Gundry and Ducker.

Meanwhile, the current marina office and chandlery, which was built more than 25 years ago, would be altered to provide accommodation on the first floor with chandlery, brokerage and café on the ground floor.

There are also plans for overnight, secure and attractive parking for visiting motor homes, giving access to electricity, washrooms and laundry within the marina.

As part of the plans, AML wants to reorientate the marina’s main entrance towards the town and make a dedicated pedestrian access, creating a link between the marina and the town.

It is hoped that this would enliven the Town Square.

Amble mayor and chairman of Amble Action Group, Craig Weir, said: “I welcome any innovation and change that would benefit this area of the town. It’s been needed for a long time.”