News: 4 October 2017Resolution to grant planning consent for new employment scheme

Several hundred new jobs could be created after our Leeds team helped secure a resolution to grant planning consent for Harworth Group Plc for a major new redevelopment in Northumberland, at the site of the former Rio Tinto (Alcan) Smelter near Ashington, now known as Lynefield Park.

The 175-acre site will provide up to 1.3m square feet of manufacturing, distribution and local start up space in line with the consent granted. The site also benefits from an existing rail connection, providing access to the Port of Blyth, excellent power grid connectivity and is situated in close proximity to the coastal transport corridor - comprising the A189 and A19 - in Northumberland.

Claire Kent, Director at Barton Willmore, said: “This is a major step towards regenerating one of Northumberland’s most significant former industrial sites. Harworth’s exciting plans will bring much-needed new high value jobs to the area, and create long term sustainability.”

Eddie Peat, Director for North East & Corporate Development at Harworth Group, said: “We’re delighted to have received the support of Northumberland County Council for our scheme that will make a major contribution to the North East’s economy. We remain fully committed to creating a first-class commercial centre that can provide up to 650 new jobs in accordance with local planning policy and we will now promote the site’s significant assets, including its railhead, to potential occupiers.”

Harworth Group acquired the site from Rio Tinto in April 2015. The Company’s aim is to create a scheme which will benefit the local economy and to replace the jobs lost when the smelter ceased to operate in 2012. Harworth Group has spent the past two and a half years undertaking site safety and security works, including demolishing redundant industrial structures, masterplanning the site for future employment uses and securing new tenants – including Lynx Precast and H-Mix – for the buildings that remain.


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