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Old November 29th, 2011, 04:08 PM   #81
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Enterprise Zone to Blyth area

In response to "Budget Statement" ( it certainly appeared to be that today) Ronnie Campbell finally got his input in at about 1455 and was pleased about Port of Blyth being added to NE Enterprise Zone after only being put to ConDems in last week BUT asked that other areas of S E Northumberland & surrounding the estuary could be added.

Osborne response was to discuss - will that get any where?

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Old December 3rd, 2011, 11:07 AM   #82
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Worries raised over Blyth Biomass Power Station plan
by David Black, The Journal, December 3rd 2011



THE green credentials of a £250m biomass power station planned in Northumberland have been called into question by an environmental watchdog group.

Energy company RES wants to build the 100-megawatt plant at the Battleship Wharf cargo handling site on the River Blyth between the villages of North Blyth and Cambois.

RES says the plant will provide enough renewable energy for 170,000 homes, cut carbon emissions by 300,000 tonnes a year and create between 200 and 300 construction jobs and up to 50 permanent posts.

Now the claimed benefits have been seriously questioned by the pressure group Biofuelwatch UK at a public meeting organised by local people concerned about the potential impacts of the project.

Campaigner Emelia Hanna from Biofuelwatch said small biomass schemes were a good thing but large-scale plants like the one planned at North Blyth could worsen the problem of climate change and even accelerate global warming.


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Old December 22nd, 2011, 10:21 AM   #83
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Cramlington Manor Walks revamp given go-ahead
by Ruth Lawson, The Journal, December 22nd 2011


Artist's impression of Cramlington Manor Walks shopping centre after redevelopment

PROPOSALS for a £200m development at Manor Walks Shopping Centre in Cramlington were given the green light by planners, and at the same time developers said they would look into the way the current parking system works.

Shoppers at Manor Walks are currently restricted to four-hour parking rules that mean no matter how short a time they stay, once they leave they cannot return again for at least another four hours or they will be fined, but under plans by developers Hammerson for a complete overhaul of the south mall site – which will include a nine-screen cinema and an array of restaurants and shops – it has been conceded that issues surrounding the limitations will be addressed.

The concerns were raised at Northumberland County Council’s south east area planning committee, where Hammerson’s proposals for a 1,800-seat cinema and retail units to be built on the land opposite the Sainsbury’s garage at Manor Walks were unanimously approved.

Committee member and Cramlington councillor Wayne Daley said: “The main concerns I had was that they were only talking about creating an extra 56 parking spaces on the site to allow for the traffic using the cinema. “To me that doesn’t add up, I can’t see how the additional spaces would cater for a 1,800-seater cinema.

Coun Daley added: “I think this is a turning point in turning Cramlington into a major entertainment hub and we’re going to be able to compete with the likes of the Metrocentre and the Silverlink.”


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Old December 22nd, 2011, 10:48 AM   #84
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by Ruth Lawson, The Journal, December 22nd 2011

PROPOSALS for a £200m development at Manor Walks Shopping Centre in Cramlington were given the green light by planners, and at the same time developers said they would look into the way the current parking system works.

Shoppers at Manor Walks are currently restricted to four-hour parking rules that mean no matter how short a time they stay, once they leave they cannot return again for at least another four hours or they will be fined, but under plans by developers Hammerson for a complete overhaul of the south mall site – which will include a nine-screen cinema and an array of restaurants and shops – it has been conceded that issues surrounding the limitations will be addressed.
I could understand the parking rules if commuters were parking there all day but assume it is too far out of the way for that. So does anyone know why they have these parking rules?
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 09:43 PM   #85
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I could understand the parking rules if commuters were parking there all day but assume it is too far out of the way for that. So does anyone know why they have these parking rules?
Strange rule, although normally once I've been to a supermarket or shopping centre, I don't normally return in the next few hours unless I've either forgotten something or it is an emergency.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 10:35 PM   #86
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I could understand the parking rules if commuters were parking there all day but assume it is too far out of the way for that. So does anyone know why they have these parking rules?
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Old January 1st, 2012, 12:08 PM   #87
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MP Ronnie Campbell praises Sunday Sun after
Blyth wins £300,000 in Lotto cash

Coreena Ford, Sunday Sun, January 1st 2012


VETERAN MP Ronnie Campbell has praised the Sunday Sun for paving the way to his constituency getting a £300,000 lottery boost. The newspaper told last month how the Blyth Valley MP had called for an investigation after learning how Lotto chiefs has knocked back bids for £4m of cash grants, leading him to declare the seaside constituency as “the town the lottery forgot”.

Blyth in Northumberland languished at the bottom of the region’s Lotto league, having secured £12.5m – way behind Newcastle Central’s £133m.

Mr Campbell also believed his constituency had fallen victim to a postcode lottery after learning 64 applications have been knocked back for funding totalling £3,962,743 in the last two years. Now, however, Ronnie says Blyth has moved up that league after getting the £300,000 grant to set up a new project – and he believes the Sunday Sun’s persistence over the cash row played a part.

The six-figure grant comes from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme to fund the Move On Up project. The cash, given to Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure, aims to lead young people into better lives by steering them away from trouble, isolation, teenage pregnancy and unhealthy lifestyles and it will help some 24,000 people across the south east of Northumberland.

Ronnie said: “This money is all about young people. I’m absolutely delighted for Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure.”


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Old February 17th, 2012, 10:37 AM   #88
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Plans for 1,000 Cramlington homes to be
examined by county councillors

by David Black, The Journal, February 17th 2012


MAJOR house building plans which would go a significant way towards completing the 50-year development of a Northumberland town are about to be examined by county councillors. Two separate schemes, which between them would provide more than 1,000 new homes, are proposed for the south west sector of Cramlington.

One is an application by Persimmon and Bellway Homes for about 250 houses on 18 acres of land, together with the construction of a three-arm roundabout and link road on the A1068 road at Fisher Lane. The other involves up to 750 houses, together with roads, footpaths, cycleways, landscaping and recreation facilities, in the south west sector.

The latter is proposed by a partnership of Barratt and Keepmoat Homes, and was granted outline approval in 2008. The council is now being asked to deal with reserved matters. Next week the authority’s south east area planning committee will be recommended to hold a site visit before making final decisions on the applications.

Cramlington has been growing since the 1960s, when the first comprehensive development plan for the 'New-Town' was produced. It was always intended that the town centre would be surrounded by four sectors, three residential and one a mix of industrial and commercial uses. Housing areas in the south east and north east sectors have been completed and the north west business sector is now largely developed.

This leaves the south west sector to be developed in line with the original masterplan, and it has been the subject of several planning applications over the years.


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Old February 17th, 2012, 01:06 PM   #89
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Interesting. I was just looking at a map of Cramlington the other day and thinking if there has been, or is, any plans to develop the south west quandrant. Looking at the plans though it still only covers less than half of the growth area so there's still plenty of opportunity for futher development.

If this is the beginning of developing this sector, I really think it's time to start thinking about improving rail services from Cramlington. It's ludicrous that you have a rail line going right through the middle of a heavily populated area (which it will do once the SW sector is developed) and yet it only has one train serving the town that gets you into Newcastle before 9am.
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Old February 24th, 2012, 05:31 PM   #90
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Hammerson's redevelopment of Cramlington Town Centre continues after this week being given permission for the redevelopment of Westmorland Retail Park.

The proposal builds on a previous application for the retail park that was granted approval in 2007 for the construction of 3 additional retail units alongside the ex-Focus unit. The new plan now involves demolishing the ex Focus unit (now B&M Bargins) and building 4 new retail units. The pedestrian under-pass will be removed and leveled out to provide a level pedestrian route through the retail park. The car park will be extended, levelled out and the layout will be redesigned to provide 78 additional customer spaces, but fewer staff spaces. Covered cycle parking for 34 bikes will be provided. The Westmorland Way/Forum Way/Melling Road junction will be realigned and fully signalled. Hammerson say that they have a very healthy interest in the proposals from major retail chains and operators, and that the retailers own research indicates public demand in Cramlington being very strong.

http://anplanning.northumberland.gov...ontent=obj.pdf

It seems like the larger of the units encompassing the former focus unit footprint is planned to be a foodstore.
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will be reconfigured in order to cater for the delivery and serving requirements of the
proposed new food store including the home delivery service which will operate from
the new store.
Does Cramlington need another supermarket?

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Old February 24th, 2012, 10:22 PM   #91
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If this is the beginning of developing this sector, I really think it's time to start thinking about improving rail services from Cramlington. It's ludicrous that you have a rail line going right through the middle of a heavily populated area (which it will do once the SW sector is developed) and yet it only has one train serving the town that gets you into Newcastle before 9am.
NCC acknowledge that the rail services need to be improved but the main issue is line capacity. EastCost's Eureka timetable has resulted in more peak time services that has put pressure on the local Northern services.
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Old February 26th, 2012, 10:27 PM   #92
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Hammerson's final year results reveals that the cinema in Cramlington has been pre-let to Vue.
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Old February 29th, 2012, 11:55 AM   #93
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Hammerson's redevelopment of Cramlington Town Centre continues after this week being given permission for the redevelopment of Westmorland Retail Park.
Shop plans will create up to 450 jobs

Published on Wednesday 29 February 2012 09:06

PLANS to build four shop units in Cramlington will create more than 400 jobs, according to the developer behind them.

Northumberland County Council’s south east area planning committee has voted in favour of proposals to demolish the B&M Bargains store and a former garden centre at Westmorland Retail Park, next to the Manor Walks shopping centre.

The four retail units will employ up to 450 full-time and part-time staff, and a further 250 jobs will be created during their construction phase.

The plans, put forward by London-based developer Hammerson, will include major improvements to the Westmorland Way, Forum Way and Melling Road junction.

The car park will also be expanded, improving connections to Manor Walks.

Although there were no objections to the plans, concern was raised about the impact the units would have on noise and traffic levels in the town centre.

Planning officer John Dowsett told last week’s meeting at Choppington Social Welfare Centre: “The new shops will encourage national retailers to come into the town.

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Old March 7th, 2012, 05:40 PM   #94
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Derelict Wallaw Cinema at Blyth, set to become a pub
by Sarah Scott, The Journal, April 1st 2011


A HISTORIC grade II-listed cinema in Northumberland could become a Wetherspoon pub.

The Wallaw Cinema in Blyth, Northumberland, has stood derelict since it closed its doors in April 2004 after a long struggle for survival.

Now it has emerged that pub chain Wetherspoon has expressed an interest in taking over the property and turning it into a pub and restaurant. But the chain could face opposition as the building is grade II-listed and it will need to get permission from English Heritage to change the use of the building as well as getting permission from Northumberland County Council.

The historic cinema closed in 2004 with a final showing of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.

It was built in 1937 as a 1,441-seat, art-deco cinema, one of five built in Northumberland in the 1930s by entrepreneur Walter Lawther. In 1987 it was turned into a three-screen theatre when two mini-cinemas were created in the rear stalls area.

It has also served as an 825-seat theatre and featured acts such as Ken Dodd and Freddie Star, as well as giving Ant and Dec their stage debut in the early 1990s.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We can confirm that Wetherspoon is in negotiations to purchase the former Wallow cinema in Blyth. The company has also submitted a planning application to convert the derelict building into a Wetherspoon pub. Wetherspoon has enjoyed great success in the region and we are keen to open a pub in Blyth.


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J D Wetherspoon was granted permission yesterday to convert the former cinema to a pub.

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Old March 8th, 2012, 12:09 AM   #95
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I hope they buy it and sort it out as quick as possible. Blyth has many empty buildings like this around that area and Wetherspoons would be good in the town. I thought they did a good job with the Union Rooms in Newcastle.
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Is their any updates on "Slag Alice"?
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Old March 15th, 2012, 11:07 AM   #97
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Cramlington residents outraged as Persimmon Homes contractors destroy wildlife haven
by David Black, The Journal, March 15th 2012


ANGRY residents have clashed with a building company over extensive tree felling and landscaping work carried out at a site where hundreds of new homes are planned. People living close to the site – a large open space near the centre of Cramlington, Northumberland – say they are appalled at the extent of the felling and pruning work carried out by contractors working for developers Persimmon Homes.

They claim the work has damaged a treasured wildlife habitat and community resource, and are angry that it was done before Persimmon has even lodged a new application for permission to build up to 600 houses in the area.

Persimmon, which owns the land with development partner Bellway, agreed to halt the work on Monday following protests by local people and the intervention of Cramlington county councillor Wayne Daley, but the company claims the work had been agreed in advance with Cramlington Town Council, and only involved removing scrub, bushes and small trees, and making the site less of an eyesore.

Yesterday Pat Heard, who lives in nearby Falmouth Walk and is organising a protest petition against the proposed housing scheme, said she and other locals were shocked at how much “devastation” had been caused.


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Old March 27th, 2012, 06:24 PM   #98
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Manor Walks M&S food store to recruit 80 workers
by Andrew Glover, Evening Chronicle, March 27th 2012



ANOTHER Marks & Spencer jobs boost has been announced after the retail giant confirmed plans for a new store in Cramlington, Northumberland.

Around 80 positions will need to be filled at the Simply Food store set to open in the Manor Walks Shopping Centre, next year.

Developer Hammerson confirmed the store would be a key part of its plans to revamp the town centre. Hammerson bought the Manor Walks Shopping Centre and the neighbouring Westmorland Retail Park in 2006.

A new cinema is also planned to open in Cramlington.


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Old April 3rd, 2012, 11:23 PM   #99
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Never mind M&S! Cramlington's getting a second Poundworld too

http://www.soultsretailview.co.uk/20...re-on-6-april/

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Never mind M&S! Cramlington's getting a second Poundworld too

http://www.soultsretailview.co.uk/20...re-on-6-april/
You are not familiar with Cramlington are you? A couple of corrections to your blog. Hammerson acquired Manor Walks in 2006 not 1996 and Vue is not to open in Westmorland Retail Park but completely the other end of the Town Centre.
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