A plan for a new leisure and hotel facility in Amble was unveiled to the public yesterday, attracting a generally positive response.
The scheme, by Arch – The Northumberland Development Company – is for the creation of a 30-bed hotel and ground-floor restaurant and bar. Arch has been in discussion with an established regional hotelier, which is yet to be disclosed.
The development is proposed for an undeveloped site within Coquet Enterprise Park, off the A1068 at the town’s southern entrance.
The plan went on show yesterday at the town’s Fourways 2 building and a number of residents who spoke to the Gazette afterwards praised the development. But, concerns were raised about potential smells coming from a nearby fish factory and sewerage works.
One resident said: “We need a hotel in Amble and I am pleased they are doing it. I do have concerns about the smell that comes from the Moir Seafoods factory.”
Another resident said: “I think the plan is brilliant and it is desperately needed for the area. I am thrilled that it has been proposed and it is great that they are looking to develop this on the trading estate.”
The scheme represents a significant investment in Amble and the building has been designed to provide an attractive venue for daytime and evening trade and to create a clear destination on a key gateway into Amble.
It addition to serving local residents, it is anticipated the scheme will help support and develop the business community, as well as the tourism trade.
A formal planning application is due to be submitted later this year and, subject to approval, the development would commence in May 2017, with the aim of completing by July 2018.
Reflecting on the consultation event, Richard Schofield, Arch senior project manager, said that the feedback had been very positive. He said the sewerage works didn’t cause a concern, but the fish factory would be looked into and any issues would be dealt with at the planning stage.
Earlier this year, the Gazette ran a story about odours at the factory. At the time, the county council said that, following investigations, the conditions were not classed as a statutory nuisance and the company had taken measures to reduce the risk of smells.