No-go for Zone sites in Alnwick or Amble

Ramparts Business Park in Berwick, one of the 10 sites in the new Enterprise Zone for the North East.

Ramparts Business Park in Berwick, one of the 10 sites in the new Enterprise Zone for the North East.

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Three Northumberland sites have been included in the second North East Enterprise Zone (EZ), including Morpeth and Berwick.

But while the new EZ is good news for some areas, there was no such boost for the likes of Alnwick and Amble.

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has unveiled the sites around the region which will be included in the new EZ confirmed for the North East.

This includes Ramparts Business Park in Berwick and a site near the A1 at Fairmoor, Morpeth.

EZs – established in 2012 as part of the Tories’ economic policy – aim to create jobs and boost businesses with advantages such as up to 100 per cent business-rate discounts, simplified planning regulations for certain developments, Government commitments on superfast broadband and other tax relief.

The successful bid for a second EZ to bring more and better jobs to the region was announced by Chancellor George Osborne in last Wednesday’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review.

It follows a pledge made by the Tories, prior to the General Election, to establish an Enterprise Zone in north Northumberland, to build on the expected economic benefits of the planned dualling of the A1.

Cities Minister Greg Clark was in Berwick in April to make the announcement following the go-ahead from the Chancellor and speaking to the Gazette, he described it as a ‘big moment for Northumberland’.