Waterfront tourist development approved

The Coble Quay area of Amble.  Picture by Jane Coltman
The Coble Quay area of Amble. Picture by Jane Coltman

A new tourist development on the waterfront in ‘cool and edgy’ Amble has been given the go-ahead.

The plans for a bunkhouse and holiday apartments were unanimously approved at last Thursday’s meeting of the North Northumberland Local Area Council, where the scheme had been recommended for approval.

The nine-bedroom bunkhouse and two flats would be built on the former Coquet Shorebase Trust site, near Coble Quay and Amble Marina.

Both of Amble’s county councillors, Terry Clark and Jeff Watson, said the development would be a welcome addition for the seaside town.

The building would feature four-storey and three-storey elements – the neighbouring block of flats is five storeys – with four family rooms on the ground floor and two, three-bedroom duplex apartments set across the second and third floors. There would be further ancillary space to the east wing with bedroom accommodation above.

Coun Trevor Thorne said: “I think the bunkhouse adds something different. I think it’s going to be great for Amble. It makes Amble a cool and edgy place. Alnwick should look out.”

The bunkhouse would be accessed from Coquet Street and there will be 11 car-parking.

○ Proposals at High Hauxley for a caravan park on land west of Beacon Hill Farm, which had been recommended for refusal, was withdrawn by the applicant.

However, this application is a resubmission of a previous proposal that was refused, but is subject to an ongoing appeal.