Green light for Silverlink Travelodge redevelopment

North Tyneside Council has given a resolution to grant outline planning permission for our £30m regeneration of the former Travelodge site opposite Silverlink Shopping Park. 

11 March 2015

We submitted an outline planning application to the Council in late 2014 to convert the former hotel into a new 106,000 sq ft retail scheme, comprising four retail units. Next has already confirmed that it will relocate from its current store at the existing Silverlink Shopping Park to open a 52,000 sq ft flagship Next Home and Garden store at the new development, which is scheduled to complete in autumn 2016. The remainder of the units would be targeted at furniture or homeware retailers.  

 With planning consent granted, construction is set to begin in the summer this year (2015).   

The project will see the creation of around 175 construction jobs, with a further 300 retail jobs to follow once the scheme is completed. We will also work in partnership with North Tyneside Council to deliver retail and construction training packages for local young people. 

As well as new retail units, the plans include additional car parking facilities, enhanced landscaping, improvements to access routes into the park, and the widening of footpaths around the site. Substantial road improvements will also provide a new access to the redeveloped site, as well as to the existing shopping park and Cobalt Business Park.   

Hannah Milne, Regional Portfolio Manager said: “We’re delighted with the committee’s decision and look forward to progressing our plans for regenerating this site. The project represents a substantial investment in the local area which will enhance the shopping experience for Silverlink’s customers, create hundreds of jobs, provide youth employment opportunities, and facilitate key infrastructure improvements which will benefit the wider regeneration of this part of North Tyneside.”    

Cllr Frank Lott, cabinet member for Economic Development at North Tyneside Council, said: “This investment in North Tyneside is excellent news, bringing fantastic new facilities to Silverlink for shoppers from across the region, creating hundreds of jobs and providing more training opportunities for local young people.” 

Silverlink Shopping Park currently comprises over 200,000 sq ft of retail accommodation housing popular brands like M&S, H&M, Next, New Look, River Island, JD Sports, Boots, Outfit, Argos and Currys/PC World.