MCR Property Group has submitted plans to Northumberland County Council to deliver a mixed-use scheme on the site of Hadrian Enterprise Park in Haltwhistle.
Plans for 79 homes, a petrol station, two drive-through restaurants and a two-storey hotel have been put forward to rejuvenate the dilapidated land at the Hadrian Enterprise Park in Haltwhistle.
Visible from the A69 bypass, the 230,000 sq. ft. site does not currently present an aesthetically pleasing approach to Haltwhistle.
MCR Property Group’s vision for the scheme aims to improve the overall view of the area, with plans to demolish unused buildings and refurbish existing industrial and commercial units.
The former paintworks site was once at the heart of Haltwhistle’s economy, employing hundreds of people in South Tynedale.
It is currently home to around 20 businesses, but around half of the site is standing empty. Liaison with current tenants is ongoing to offer a seamless transition to the refurbished units, ensuring that any potential disruption is limited.
Speaking to local newspaper, the Hexham Courant, the council’s vice-chairman, Michael Ridley, said: “My personal view as a councillor is I’m all for it. The site needs tidying up. However, I would like a bit more industry in the town.
“I’ve no objection about housing, but we’re desperate for jobs. I’ve looked at the plans and hopefully it gets approved. The company has put a plan together, they’ve spoken to the public and it was well received.”
Nick Lake, fund manager for MCR Property Group, said: “We have been working closely with Northumberland County Council and are excited about the long-term vision for Hadrian Enterprise Park.
“Over the years, time and general wear and tear has taken its toll on the site. What we have proposed will undoubtedly have a positive influence to the area and bring employment, as well as boosting potential tourism to Haltwhistle and the surrounding countryside.”
Aug 5th, 2019