Here’s your chance to have your say on a manufacturing park which could welcome £300million of private cash and 5,200 new jobs.
Residents and businesses are being invited to voice their views on the preferred site for the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP).
The park is proposed for an area near the A19 and A1, north of Nissan’s plant, with the team behind it promising it will provide a world-class environment for industries and advanced manufacturing businesses.
It is anticipated the scheme can create more than 5,200 new jobs by 2027 in innovative industries and drive economic growth by attracting more than £300million of private investment.
Sunderland City and South Tyneside Councils have launched a consultation on a draft Area Action Plan (AAP) as the proposal takes shape, setting out how the development will take shape over the next 15 years.
New consultation events will seek people’s views on which site it should be built on, where 135 hectares – which equals more than 100 football pitches – of green space will go and 50 hectares of land for possible long-term development, the creation of a centre of excellence which will generate the jobs and attract the private investment and background information on site selection, environment, landscaping, transport and flood studies.
Councillor Iain MalcomOur economies are built on the skills, determination and dedication of our workforce.
The IAMP is a key element of the Sunderland City Deal, made with South Tyneside, and designated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) by the Government in September 2015.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “Our economies are built on the skills, determination and dedication of our workforce.
“IAMP will build on this foundation and provide an energetic setting that will put us on the world stage for advanced manufacturing in the automotive industry.”
There will be drop-in open days on Wednesday, August 17, from 1pm to 8pm, at Asda Boldon; on Thursday, August 18, from 5pm to 8pm at the Quadrus Centre, and on Wednesday, September 14, from 1pm to 8pm, at Asda Boldon.
It is anticipated following consultation, the draft AAP will be finalised and submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration in early next year.
Consultation materials including the full draft AAP, a community pamphlet and an accessible Summary Document can be viewed in person at South Shields Town Hall; and all public libraries until Monday, September 26, or online at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/iamp.