Work starting on new Hexham development
Work is starting on a new development that will deliver hundreds of parking spaces in Hexham and support the economic growth of the town.
The council has worked with developer Union Property Services Ltd to bring forward a scheme for the redevelopment of the disused ‘Bunker’ site off Alemouth Road to include a new 250 space long stay public car park.
Site compounds are being set up ahead of the main works starting, with the overall development due to be complete in Spring 2022. The new carpark will have 250 spaces, include electric vehicle charging provision and be operated as a long stay facility, helping alleviate the pressure on long stay parking in Wentworth car park.
It will stand alongside a 69-bedroom Travelodge hotel and Lidl store and there will be significant work on the highways infrastructure to create a new access into the site from the existing roundabout off Alemouth Road. Way marking and signage will also be reviewed by the Council for the pedestrian routes from the site into the town centre.
Hexham Central with Acomb Councillor Trevor Cessford said: “As someone who made the first contact with the previous owner regarding the sale of the site, I am very thankful to the present administration and officers who have pushed hard for its redevelopment after being neglected for decades.
“The hotel will also be a great addition to our town’s offer going forward.”
Council Leader Glen Sanderson added: “We’re delighted work has started on this project which will create scores of jobs and be a great boost to the town’s economy.”
Peter Carruthers, Consultant Project Director at Union Property Services Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Northumberland County Council.
“We have worked closely with planning officers to design a scheme which will reflect the character of Hexham. This represents a very significant economic investment in the town and will bring a long-term vacant site back into use.”