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Old April 4th, 2012, 09:28 AM   #101
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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.
Sorry! I meant 2006 - it was late. No excuse for the other mistake though! I've corrected both now.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 10:20 AM   #102
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Take-up booming for Admiral Business Park in Cramlington
by Iain Laing, The Journal, April 11th 2012


ONE OF Northumberland’s biggest Business Parks has now let 50 units to 36 companies. Admiral Business Park in Cramlington made a number of lettings as it marked the first 10 years of development at the end of last year, the most recent are to Paragon Labels, North East Engineering and ISS Precision Engineering.

Mark Proudlock, industrial associate at Knight Frank, agents for the development, said: “This represents 85% take up of space generating over 500 jobs. “The recent planning permission for a children’s play centre will bring an additional facility for the town of Cramlington. There is already interest in this 7,000 sq ft unit.

Admiral Business Park was developed from the former Brentford Nylons Factory, by Cramlington Land Partnership (CLP), who acquired the site in 2001.


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Old April 12th, 2012, 09:58 AM   #103
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Blyth biomass plant will be a positive
asset says green energy company

by David Black, The Journal, November 4th 2011

A GREEN energy company planning to build a £250m biomass-fuelled power station in Northumberland claims it will be a positive asset. RES says the results of independent studies into the proposed 100-megawatt generating plant near Blyth show that its benefits will far outweigh any negative impacts.

RES says it will provide enough renewable electricity for 170,000 homes a year, will create between 200 and 300 construction jobs, and between 40 and 50 permanent posts. The plant will include a group of fuel storage buildings up to 25 metres tall and a 60/70m-tall boiler house with a chimney up to 100m tall.

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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. 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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Blyth Biomass Power Station plan takes step forward
by David Black, The Journal, April 12th 2012


PLANS to build a £250m biomass-fuelled power station on the Northumberland coastline are set to come under further public scrutiny as the complex planning process moves another step forward. Renewable energy company RES is seeking the green light for the 100 megawatt generating plant at Battleship Wharf on the River Blyth.

Last month RES subsidiary – North Blyth Energy Ltd – submitted a formal application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), which was set up to handle major infrastructure projects in England. The IPC was abolished on April 1 with its work transferred to a new national infrastructure directorate of the Planning Inspectorate.

Yesterday the Planning Inspectorate, the authority which has the job of assessing the proposal in detail, announced that the application has been accepted on behalf of the Secretary of State to proceed to examination. There will now be a period of public consultation, which could last for up to nine months, during which local people, businesses and organisations – including Northumberland County Council – will have the chance to make their views known on the biomass project


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Old May 4th, 2012, 08:04 PM   #104
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Work has started on the construction of Cramlington Vue Cinema. Tolent have won the contract to build the cinema which will be finished by Christmas, with Vue then fitting out and opening in May 2013.

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...ue-cinema-job/
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Old May 14th, 2012, 01:42 PM   #105
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Blyth lifeboat base construction starts

Blyth lifeboat base construction starts

This from BBC News website


The lifeboat base is due to be completed by April 2013


Work has started on a £700,000 project to build a lifeboat station on the Northumberland coast.

It will replace the existing Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) base in Blyth.

Currently the lifeboat has to be moved to the launch site by quadbike.

The new building will mean it can be manoeuvred to the launch site by hand.

More on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-18059622

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Old May 30th, 2012, 10:19 AM   #106
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Calls for roof to be built over Blyth Market Square
by David Black, The Journal May 30th 2012


A ROOF should be built over the public square in the centre of Northumberland’s biggest town to help save its market from dying a slow death, according to a new study. Covering part or all of Blyth market place with a permanent canopy supported by columns would cost up to £1.5m – but provide a valuable, all-weather facility for market stalls and a range of other activities and entertainment, it is claimed.

The call for a covered market square comes in a consultant’s study commissioned by local MP Ronnie Campbell amid growing concerns over the current state of the area, and the poor health of its thrice-weekly open-air market. The market was revamped at a cost of £3m several years ago, but has since been plagued by stalls that can’t withstand high winds, water fountains that don’t work properly, a big drop in the number of traders and claims that the square is too big and open.

The £2,000 study, carried out by Paul Taylor of Community Works, says that on most days the market square is seen as a barren, grey wilderness with little or no activity. Even on market days it is said to be empty and soulless. Mr Taylor says there is significant public support for a covered market, and the initial cost involved would be far outweighed by the potential social and economic opportunities it would provide.


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Old June 14th, 2012, 11:20 AM   #107
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Cramlington residents seek village green status
for 'Central Park' to prevent development

by David Black, The Journal, June 14th 2012


FAMILIES fighting to protect a cherished open space from the threat of major housing development are bidding to have it officially classified as a village green. Campaigners in Cramlington are preparing an application to secure village green status for the land north of Station Road, which is known locally as Central Park and is regarded as the green heart of the town centre.

The move aims to give the site long- term protection against controversial plans by joint landowners Persimmon and Bellway Homes to build up to 600 houses, some shops and sporting facilities on it. The application for village green designation will be made to Northumberland County Council under the Commons Act 2006 by Cramlington SOS (Save Our Space), a residents’ group which was set up in March to oppose the two companies’ development plans.

The group is now collecting evidence in a bid to prove that local people – including dog walkers, children and young footballers – have enjoyed unrestricted recreational access to the land for more than 20 years. It has set up a new group, Friends of Cramlington Village Green, to complete the registration process.

Persimmon and Bellway have been working with Cramlington Town Council on reconfiguring a planning application which has been in the system for several years to develop the Station Road land. The partners say the site has been earmarked for housing for many years, and the scheme would bring economic benefits and help meet a dire need for housing in the town.


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Old June 19th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #108
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Seaton Valley Co-Op are wanting to build a supermarket and petrol station opposite the Hastings Pub in Seaton Delaval:

http://publicaccess.northumberland.g...=M403VAQS2L000

While I can understand the petrol station, a supermarket seems a bit odd considering they have a large-ish store just down the road which was recently refurbished. Also, since it is right next to the proposed site for a railway station, I can imagine if the ABT re-opens it will be a parking nightmare.
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Old June 20th, 2012, 12:40 PM   #109
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This site has long been earmarked for a small supermarket and fits in with the Blyth Valley Core Strategy. I think a supermarket does make sense for them. A modern improved store with a wider range of lines, ample car parking and a petrol station will attract new customers that would have gone elsewhere for their convenience shopping. Whether it can complement the Avenue Head store remains to be seen. How does it relate in size to the Avenue Head store?

Incidentally, I notice that Tesco resubmitted their application for the Victoria and Albert pub a couple of months back. I missed that.

12/01157/FUL | Resubmission: Erection of 108 sq.m rear extension, new shopfront, service yard enclosure and car park layout alterations | Victoria And Albert Inn Seaton Terrace Seaton Delaval Whitley Bay Northumberland NE25 0AT

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Old August 10th, 2012, 10:18 AM   #110
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World's biggest blade-testing hub taking shape in Blyth
by Iain Laing, The Journal, August 10th 2012


A 5,700 sq m section of the biggest blade testing hub in the world

A MASSIVE structure which will hold the blades of wind turbines while they are being tested has been delivered to its new home in Blyth. The biggest blade testing hub in the world is being built at the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) on the Northumberland coast and this 5,700sq m section arrived this week from its maker, Shepherd Construction.

The project is the second of three structures to be completed at Blyth as part of a £80m-plus investment by Narec in world-class facilities for the accelerated testing of offshore renewable energy technologies. It will now be able to test 100m blades as well as the 50m blades it currently works on. Shepherd Construction has worked extremely closely with Narec and the project team to find an engineered solution that would withstand the forces applied during testing and the vibrations that will be created.

The result is a test hub comprising a 15-metre high concrete superstructure with two huge rings.


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Old August 22nd, 2012, 10:13 AM   #111
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Work starts to modernise Blyth Harbour's wind farm
by David Black, The Journal, August 22nd 2012


WORK has started on a multi-million pound project in a North East port to modernise and re-power one of the country’s oldest wind farms. The nine turbines at Blyth Harbour have been producing renewable energy since 1992 – and the plan to replace them with bigger and more powerful machines was given the green light by the Government four years ago.

Now site operator Hainsford Energy has started the £3m first phase of the re-powering scheme, which involves building a 128-metre high, 3.4 megawatt turbine at the landward end of the East Pier. In terms of its generating output, the machine is the biggest built so far in the UK, and will provide more power than the nine existing turbines combined. It is already attracting public interest as it takes shape as a major new landmark on the town’s skyline.

The second phase of the project involves a further three 3.4 megawatt turbines along the harbour wall, with another three potentially being built as a final phase. The ultimate aim is a seven-turbine, 23 megawatt-capacity wind farm, although this is dependent on securing grid connections and various consents. One of the old turbines has already been taken down and it is planned to remove the other eight at the end of September.


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Old August 27th, 2012, 10:21 AM   #112
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Blyth bus station £650,000 upgrade plans unveiled
by David Black, The Journal, August 27th 2012


MULTI-MILLION pound efforts to regenerate Northumberland’s biggest town are continuing, with a £650,000 investment in revamping its aging bus station.
Council bosses and private companies have been spending significant sums of money on Blyth Town Centre and Quayside areas in recent years, in a bid to make them more attractive to locals and visitors, and boost the local economy.

Now county council-owned development company the Arch Group has unveiled plans to invest £650,000 in improving the area next to the Keel Row shopping centre, which includes the town’s bus station and main library. Local people are being asked for their views on the project, which aims to improve facilities for bus passengers and operators by making the area more pleasant, accessible and safe.

The scheme comes as work continues on building a new Morrisons superstore in the town centre. It will replace the company’s former supermarket with a much bigger store on the same site, securing 160 jobs and creating another 150. The Morrisons investment aims to help regenerate the town centre by providing a retail anchor that will attract more customers and visitors, and is seen as a vital shot in the arm for the local economy. Four years ago £3m was spent on upgrading Blyth Market Place, and work is due to start soon on a £1m townscape heritage initiative. That involves regenerating the town’s central conservation area through the major restoration of a number of important buildings in Bridge Street and Union Street.


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Old August 27th, 2012, 10:15 PM   #113
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Prezzo will be opening their first restaurant in the North East in Cramlington as part of the South Mall/cinema redevelopment. Quite a coup for Cramlington.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 09:52 AM   #114
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New era is dawning for Blyth Cinema
by Ruth Lognonne, The Journal, August 29th 2012



THE landmark Wallaw Cinema in Blyth, which has stood empty since 2004, has been bought by pub chain JD Wetherspoon for £225,000. The Grade II-listed art deco building is considered the best surviving work of the firm Percy Lindsay Browne, which designed many cinemas in the North East.

The Wallaw, named after its owner Walter Lawson, opened on November 16, 1937, and continued in use as a cinema until it closed. The 18,552sq ft, four-storey property is close to the junction with Waterloo Road, Blyth’s principal shopping street.

Its interior is of typical cinema format with a large entrance foyer leading to the main auditorium complete with principal balcony area. The job architect is thought to have been Charles Alfred Harding. JD Wetherspoon’s track-record suggests an exciting future for the building, according to property agents Knight Frank who completed the sale on behalf of Eagle Road Services, a subsidiary of Blyth-based Ferguson Transport.


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Old September 7th, 2012, 11:21 AM   #115
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Blyth Biomass Power Station plans to be probed
by David Black, The Journal, September 7th 2012


A PLANNING inspector has set out the key issues to be put under the microscope during the decision-making process on plans for a £250m biomass-fuelled power station on the Northumberland coastline. A formal examination begins this month into the bid by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) to build the 100-megawatt generating plant at Battleship Wharf on the River Blyth. RES has applied to the Planning Inspectorate for approval to build the power station at the Port of Blyth’s cargo-handling facility between the villages of North Blyth and Cambois.

Now the inspector appointed to conduct an examination of the proposal – which will take place over the next five months – has held an initial meeting, and outlined the principal issues which will be looked into before a decision is made. These include safety, emissions, landscape, visual impacts, design, the marine environment, access and transport and the sustainability of biomass fuel.

RES says the power plant, which will be fuelled by woodchip, pellets or briquettes, will have the capacity to provide the annual energy needs of 170,000 homes.


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Old September 17th, 2012, 03:24 PM   #116
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Not sure if this has been posted else where but there is huge wind turbine recently erected at Blyth harbour, my pictures do not do it justice but it is massive, really dominates the sky line and has an "other world" feel to it.

From the Masons Arms on Plessey road



Walking towards it





These last 4 give a better idea of its size, look at the single story building at its base and the more normal size turbines near it.








All pics taken by me and hosted on photobucket.

As I have said, the pictures don't really give a full impression of it, it's worth a visit if you are in the area.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 09:31 PM   #117
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I've seen it. We've driven past it a few times. It's absolutely huge.
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Old September 17th, 2012, 10:51 PM   #118
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The new cinema and south mall refurbishment is coming along at a pace in Cramlington. Most of the steelwork looks to be in place. The old canopy has been removed from the mall fronts.
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Old September 18th, 2012, 11:19 AM   #119
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I do have my concern though about the impact on the village in Cramlington. The Travellers has been boarded up for a while and now San Lorenzos has closed. The new cinema and it's associated more than likely restaurants/ bars surrounding it may prevent potential new tenants on the village- preferring to be close the cinema. Already Prezzo has signed ip for the mall- this easily could have took up the old church that used to be San Lorenzos. Will wetherspoons or the like take a unit in the new development when before they may have done out the old Travellers. Cinema yes- but concerned the units surrounding it may sound death bell for the village- already struggling with the recession.
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Old September 18th, 2012, 08:58 PM   #120
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I actually contacted Wetherspoons about the vacant Travellers property some time ago and they replied saying they were already looking at the property. Not sure if they deem it too small to do anything with as nothing has happened.
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