Bedlington Town Centre
Advance Northumberland is leading in the delivery of a major new scheme that aims to comprehensively redevelop a high profile, brownfield site located in the heart of Bedlington Town Centre.
The scheme will reposition Bedlington as a retail destination, improving amenities and giving local people greater choice. The scheme will include a new supermarket and a number of high street retail brands.
Once completed, this development will form a pivotal focal point for the town whilst also delivering a mixed-use scheme with positive economic, social and physical benefits. The scheme has been designed to incorporate strong links with the existing shopping areas.
Following the remedial works undertaken to the former Tesco site, there was a need to conclude negotiations with the anchor tenant, Aldi. Following this Aldi were required to submit revised plans to the Council and to discharge conditions on the original planning approval. In the meantime Aldi have been working on finalising their design and construction programme while Advance Northumberland have continued to negotiate terms to secure additional retailers for the remainder of the site, which is well underway. We are actively exploring a faster build out but this is something that is not entirely within the Control of Advance Northumberland due to the involvement of other parties.
An additional £2.5m in funding from Boris Johnson’s “Get Britain Building” fund for Bedlington will help get the works on the town centre re-development back up and running with a start date expected this year.
The economic impact of Covid-19 on the high street retail market will though result in some changes on the scheme but a new design will reflect the long held ambition of Bedlington residents for improved leisure facilities in the town centre including a swimming pool.
Funding previously set aside for a leisure scheme on the edge of the town will be added to the town centre budget, and alongside the additional government funding will boost the scale of leisure facilities in the town centre.
Further information on the scheme will be released in due course with the design work already underway.
For more information visit: www.investinginbedlington.co.uk
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