New £2m business development in Blyth is approved by planners

Plans for a £2million development of new business units have been approved.

Wednesday, 3rd November 2021, 2:37 pm
Updated Wednesday, 3rd November 2021, 2:39 pm
An artist impression of the proposed new business units at the £2million development in Blyth.

Northumberland County Council’s Strategic Planning Committee unanimously approved the proposals at a popular Northumberland industrial estate.

The news will see developers SIJP Partnership move ahead later this year with the construction of a mix of 18 high quality steel framed light industrial, manufacturing, and storage and distribution units with onsite parking on land off Ennerdale Road at Blyth’s Riverside Business Park.

New access roads, landscaping and onsite waste collection facilities will be included as part of a commercial development package to create an additional 1,693 sq. m of floor space at the park, which is currently home to a number of other units used for similar industrial and general business activities.

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Work on the units, which will benefit from access to good local transport links when completed in 2022, will create up to 20 construction jobs during the initial build phase.

Speaking during the committee meeting, Cllr Richard Dodd said: “I hate seeing derelict or unused land and it gives great opportunity for new jobs and I welcome that.”

Planning estimates indicate that tens of thousands of pounds could be pumped into the regional economy as occupiers move in and spend on local services and amenities.

Sean Hedley, managing director of North East planning specialists Hedley Planning Services, was delighted to have secured approval from Northumberland County Council planning department, saying it was good news for both businesses and the town.

He said: “This is another big boost for Blyth, which continues to be sought after by businesses looking to take advantage of quality commercial accommodation in a great strategic location with excellent transport and port links.

“Regional demand for decent industrial space remains at an all time high, so new units in locations like Riverside Business Park, which benefit from investment in good planning, design and modern construction materials, will always be well sought after.”

Peter Razaq, of SIJP Partnership, added: “We’re delighted to be given the go ahead for this scheme which will meet the strong demand for high quality industrial units in important North East locations.”