Ruth Mitchell

Development partner sought for Haltwhistle site

DEVELOPMENT of a £340M opportunity site at Haltwhistle has moved a step closer with the publication of a prospectus for private sector development partners.

The information pack has been published by Northumberland County Council and Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Ltd, and it provides a vision for the future use of the 7.5 hectare site which is right next to the main A69 between Newcastle and Carlisle.

The bodies want to transform the site into a viable visitor attraction that would compliment what is already on offer for tourists in Haltwhistle and the wider Hadrian’s Wall area.

Ann Green, chairman of Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Limited, said: “It is our vision that Hadrian’s Wall will be world-renowned for the quality of the visitor experience and for its contribution to the local and regional economy through sustainable tourism.

“The whole Wall area has the potential to deliver an additional £304m of visitor spend annually and to create an additional 6,781 jobs across the North of England.”

Research has shown that there is an opportunity to develop a range of uses for the site including a petrol/service station, hotel/restaurant accommodation, commercial workshops and a visitor orientation centre.

Once complete, the facilities will have a market drawn from the 10,000 cars and commercial vehicles that typically travel along the A69 at Haltwhistle each day.

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