The supermarket in Blyth town centre was built in the 1970’s and had become outdated and obsolete. A large modern superstore on the edge of the town was undermining the town centre and the current operators were considering closing this store.
We worked closely with the regional development agency for the North East England at the time, One North East, and the local Council to persuade Morrisons to revise their strategy and consider redeveloping the store; this resulted in the creation of a delivery strategy founded on CPO powers.
We advised Northumberland County Council on the various redevelopment options and provided them with continued support throughout the project. We established a development agreement with Morrisons and successfully secured a compulsory purchase order to acquire the larger site. This facilitated the development of a more modern supermarket to support town centre trade.
Although moving the building slightly further away from the retail core, we ensured that the design, orientation and pedestrian routes were all planned to maximise opportunities for linked shopping trips for this new generation flagship store.
Our compulsory purchase team were able to acquire a number of interests by agreement. Following confirmation of the Compulsory Purchase Order in June 2011, we were then able to negotiate the remaining compensation claims from landowners.