Application is lodged for £1m station revamp

Morpeth Train Station.'Morpeth Railway Station
Morpeth Train Station.'Morpeth Railway Station

A planning application has been submitted to transform Morpeth Railway Station.

As previously reported in the Herald, the Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) is planning a £1million revamp of the Grade II listed premises to restore derelict buildings and create small business units.

Now an application has been submitted to Northumberland County Council to seek planning permission for the scheme.

It proposes re-instating a portico entrance, re-modelling the ticket office and toilets, and creating a new cafeteria and ticket collection area, as well as two business units on the ground floor and four or five on the first floor.

Discussions are under way with Network Rail to secure designated parking for the businesses. The forecourt car park would be retained, but re-planned, providing 15 bays and bicycle racks.

The service yard could accommodate air-source heat pumps, which would provide the energy for underfloor heating in the cafeteria and ticket area.

GMDT Chief Executive David Lodge said: “The scheme has the potential to provide much-needed space for small businesses in Morpeth in a truly unique location in a mainline railways station environment.”

The trust is pursuing a funding package to support the initiative, which if successful would provide income to support its work.