Call for new road access into Spittal

A pre-planning inquiry has been lodged for the possible development of land that would see new access with parking to Spittal.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 01 September, 2016, 08:18
An old view of Spittal where it is envisaged a new access could be created.

A Berwick man, who did not want to be named, has submitted the document to Northumberland County Council in frustration at the town’s economic decline in recent years and in the belief that tourism is the answer.

He said: “Berwick is facing one of its toughest times economically in recent history and with the closure of Jus-Rol, the feeling around the town is one that is unhealthy.

“Since One North East ceased to exist, our town’s regeneration strategy has faded away. We as a town are producing a neighbourhood plan but this document will not be in a workable form for another year or so.

“Berwick needs to address the simple question of its future direction now so in an attempt to find an answer formally, a pre-planning inquiry has been made for an area of land that would see new access with parking provided for Spittal. Tourism has to be a major part of Berwick future economic provision and Spittal should play a key role.”

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However, he acknowledges the beach, prom and play area can’t meet their full potential until its parking problem is resolved.

The pre-planning inquiry proposes to provide a new road link to the beach with parking at the southern (Haugh Head) and opposite end of Spittal Point, while at the same time provide the opportunity to build a new high-end development consisting of retail, public realm, accommodation and a quality hotel.

He said: “Berwick is in need of new direction and the answer to this application should provide a real insight as to what county council have in mind for our town and its people’s future.”