Port of Blyth gets expansion green light

Port of Blyth Bates Terminal 2019

The Port of Blyth, Northumberland, is celebrating the green light to expand as part of a £20 million investment plan.

The green light comes as engineering professional services consultancy WSP successfully coordinated the submission of a major planning application for the five-year investment plan.

The planning application was granted by Northumberland Strategic Planning Committee.

The Port of Blyth is one of the UK’s leading offshore energy bases and is home to some of the sector’s leading companies.

With the plans now in place for its commercial expansion, it will see an increase in both marine and property related revenues.

As well as the coordination of the planning application, WSP supported the Port of Blyth in noise and drainage services, providing solutions involving new noise attenuation and high palisade fencing which enabled the project’s unanimous approval. The construction of new warehouses to allow for greater operation have also been approved by the council.

David Green, Associate Director and WSP Project Manager of the scheme, said: “It’s extremely satisfying to see a project we’ve been working on since June 2019 reach this significant stage. 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.”

Alan Todd, Port Director at Port of Blyth, said: “We’re delighted that the planning application process has reached a successful conclusion as the Bates Terminal redevelopment will be a key driver of growth and opportunity for the port over the coming years. The input of WSP was instrumental in this success.”

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