Public invited to view development plans for Coquet Enterprise Park

Building on the momentum of previous Arch investment into Amble, the public will get the opportunity to see and comment on the proposed plans for Arch’s on-going strategy for Amble focusing on the mixed use development at Coquet Enterprise Park.   The plans will go on display on Monday 6th March, from 2pm – 7pm at Amble Development Trust, Fourways Two, 6 Dilston Terrace, Amble, NE65 0DT. Arch is aiming to create a vibrant mix of developments on the Park to increase Amble’s employment, tourism, retail and housing offer.   A £7m housing development of 51 homes to rent is being proposed, which will be a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom terraced houses, flats and bungalows with rear gardens, 80 car parking places and associated landscaping. The houses will be low energy homes that use pre-fabrication construction methods developed in Sweden over the last 50 years.   Arch is working with third parties to deliver a mix of uses on the Park to include a veterinary practice, retail units and a manufacturing facility. When complete, the site is expected to bring around 70 new jobs to the town, on top of construction jobs that will be created during the building phase.   Arch has recently received planning consent to construct a 30 bed hotel and restaurant on the park, this investment of £4m is expected to create 60 jobs during the construction phase and the equivalent of 35 full time jobs in the town once the hotel opens in Coquet Enterprise Park. The hotel will contribute to the town’s tourism offer by increasing the accommodation offer and helping to attract additional visitors.   Arch is also actively assessing options for increasing the number of car parking spaces in the town to complement this growth and increased tourism potential.   Cllr Dave Ledger, Chairman of Arch said: “Arch’s proposed plans will contribute a great deal to the regeneration of the Enterprise Park, creating new jobs for local people and boosting the local economy in Amble. I look forward to seeing what local people make of the proposed plans and constructive feedback is always welcome.”   Following the public consultation Arch will seek to submit a planning application in March 2017. Subject to approval it is anticipated that works will to start in September 2017.

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