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23/04/2020

Expansion of Northumberland port to go ahead

Words: Laura Edgar
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Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee has granted planning permission for proposals to expand the Port of Blyth.

The application, which featured new warehouses, is part of a £20 million five-year investment plan. 

Expansion of the port is aimed at increasing both marine and property revenues, boosting regeneration of the industrial area and providing new jobs for the local community. 

Engineering consulting firm WSP is coordinating the planning application for the Port of Blyth, as well as supported it in noise and drainage services, providing solutions that involved new noise attenuation and high palisade fencing. 

Alan Todd, port director at Port of Blyth, explained that the Bates Terminal redevelopment woud be a “key driver of growth and opportunity for the port over the coming years”. 

David Green, associate director at WSP and project manager for the scheme, said: “The approval of the planning application is a positive reflection on the coordination efforts of the entire project team and it’s great to see the project receive the green light to proceed with its important regeneration plans.”

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