Harworth, the logistics developer, has won planning permission for a 1.3m sq ft logistics development north of Newcastle. The 175-acre former Rio Tinto (Alcan) smelter site at Ashington will be rebranded as Lynefield Park.
The site also benefits from an existing rail connection, providing access to the Port of Blyth, excellent power grid connectivity and is situated in close proximity to the coastal transport corridor - the A189 and A19 - in Northumberland.
Harworth Group acquired the site from Rio Tinto in April 2015. The smelter ceased to operate in 2012. Harworth Group has spent the past two and a half years undertaking site safety and security works, including demolishing redundant industrial structures, masterplanning the site for future employment uses and securing new tenants – including Lynx Precast and H-Mix – for the buildings that remain.
Planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore supported Harworth in developing the plans.
Harworth will now focus its efforts in preparing the land for redevelopment and promoting the site to key international and national businesses. Appointed agents are HTA and Cushman & Wakefield.