Harworth Group secures planning consent for £175m redevelopment in UK
October 10, 2017 – Regeneration specialist Harworth Group has obtained planning consent from the Northumberland County Council, for its £175m planned redevelopment of the former Rio Tinto (Alcan) Smelter plant near Ashington in Northumberland, UK.
The site, which is now known as Lynefield Park, spreads over an area of 175 acres. The redevelopment of the site will provide up to 1.3 million square feet of manufacturing, distribution and local start up space.
Upon acquiring the site from Rio Tinto in April 2015, Harworth Group has spent the last two and a half years in site safety and security works.
Besides developing masterplan for the site, Harworth Group has secured new tenants including Lynx Precast and H-Mix – for the buildings that remain.
Harworth Group director for north east and corporate development Eddie Peat 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.”
Planning and design consultancy firm Barton Willmore has been roped in to support Harworth in developing the plans.
Barton Willmore director Claire Kent 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.”
Now, Harworth will concentrate on preparing the land for redevelopment and promoting the site to important global and domestic businesses.