Plans for a new hotel and restaurant in Amble have been submitted, in an investment of up to £4million which would create nearly 100 jobs.
Arch – The Northumberland Development Company is behind the scheme, which has been formally lodged with the county council.
The plan is to build a 30-bedroom hotel on an undeveloped site within Coquet Enterprise Park, off the A1068.
There would be a mix of family and twin rooms, as well as a 150-seater restaurant and bar area with further seating outside and car parking and cycle spaces.
If the project is approved, it is expected to create up to 60 jobs during the construction phase and the equivalent of 35 full-time jobs once it opens.
The proposed development is part of a wider plan to enhance Coquet Enterprise Park and build on the momentum of recent economic development at the harbour.
It is hoped that the hotel would contribute to the town’s tourism offer by increasing the amount of available accommodation and helping to attract additional visitors.
Arch says that the hotel would be a catalyst for wider regeneration of the enterprise park; the aim is to create a vibrant mix of developments to increase Amble’s employment, tourism, retail and housing offer.
The formal application follows a successful public consultation in September, and many locals spoke positively about the scheme.
Subject to planning approval and appointment of a contractor early next year, the proposed development work could start on site in spring 2017 with a completion date of spring 2018.
Amble Mayor Jane Dargue welcomed the news.
She said “It is absolutely fantastic. It is something that will really help the whole town and provide an awful lot of much-needed employment.
“For so long we have been looking to bring more jobs back into the town and this will do it.
“It will also hopefully act as a hub and attract other businesses to the industrial estate, regenerating this area.”
Arch chairman Coun Dave Ledger added: “It’s developments like this which increase the potential for attracting inward investment and it’s another example of our economic remit to deliver profit for purpose to benefit Northumberland as a whole.”
Amble county councillor Robert Arckless also welcomed the news.
He said: “This proposal would bring quality new accommodation which would undoubtedly mean more visitors and therefore more business for Amble.
“It would also provide new jobs for local people and, subject to it achieving all relevant permissions, I will be very happy to welcome this new hotel development for the town.”