A 30-bed hotel and a 150-cover restaurant and bar could be built in Amble.
Northumberland development company Arch has been in discussion with an established regional hotelier – yet to be disclosed – with the aim of delivering a bespoke, high-quality visitor and leisure facility in the town.
A design team has been appointed and is progressing with the potential development of the hotel, including a food-led offer. Arch will look to submit a planning application in the autumn, with the aim of appointing a contractor to deliver the scheme in spring 2017. The facility is proposed for the Coquet Enterprise Park area, just off the A1068.
Coun Dave Ledger, Arch chairman and Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council said: "Through the provision of an attractive food and beverage offer with modern, affordable accommodation, there is a real opportunity to bring more economic activity into Amble and increase visitor numbers. Subject to planning permission being secured, this first-class leisure facility will be located on a prominent site owned by Arch on the A1068 North East Coastal Route.”
Coun Scott Dickinson, the county council's business chairman and county councillor for the Druridge Bay ward, said: "I look forward to seeing these plans progress. A development like this will be great for Amble and surrounding areas like Hadston and Widdrington – helping to attract many more tourists and visitors to the town and creating more jobs for local people. Once established, it can also provide a catalyst for further commercial opportunities in the area and in particular the Coquet Enterprise Park.”