Lynefield Park offers the opportunity for a comprehensive redevelopment to provide a high quality employment development fit for the needs of modern day businesses. When Alcan Aluminium Smelter in Lynemouth, Northumberland, closed in 2012 with the loss of around 500 jobs, the main smelter buildings,were demolished for redevelopment. The site has been promoted through the emerging Northumberland Core Strategy for flexible employment use. Its employment heritage and potential for future job creation have been key factors in gaining the support of the Council. Work is ongoing, in consultation with the Council and local communities, to develop a masterplan which will form part of a planning application to deliver this exciting development.
Measuring approximately 75 hectares, Lynefield Park is one of the largest brownfield development sites in the North East, and offers significant potential to deliver jobs and economic growth to South East Northumberland and the Wider Region. Given the employment history of the site, it is set up to accommodate future employment development with existing vehicular access and a fully operational rail freight link, providing a direct link to the nearby port of Blyth.
Harworth Group acquired the site in 2015 and instructed Barton Willmore to assist in initial planning and masterplanning work, to outline an ambitious yet deliverable vision for the future of the site. Following positive discussions with Northumberland County Council and the community the vision has gradually evolved and work is currently ongoing to prepare an outline planning application for the comprehensive redevelopment of the site, which Barton Willmore’s Environmental and Landscape teams will also assist with. Despite the large-scale demolition, the masterplanning work has considered a number of existing buildings within the site that remain occupied by growing businesses and will be retained as part of the development. The outline proposals will seek to deliver a mix of B1, B2, B8 and ancillary development, providing a flexible platform to deliver sustainable economic growth on this site with a rich history of large-scale employment.