Buyer found for Hexham swimming pool site


NEW life could soon be breathed into Hexham’s former swimming pool site.

After years of standing empty and neglected, rumours have swept the town that the premises on Gilesgate are once again off the market, after being sold to a developer.

However, after the site was divided into two lots last autumn, it remains unclear whether one or both sections of the 0.73-acre site have been snapped up.

The two lots consist of the former swimming pool on Gilesgate and a strip of land on Haugh Lane, which includes two bungalows bought by the former Tynedale District Council in 2006.

Sealed formal tenders for both were invited by the end of October last year.

And now online particulars prepared by agent Rook Matthews Sayer indicate both plots could be sold on subject to contract, with potential uses listed as residential, office, care home, hotel, restaurant and leisure facilities.

Retirement home specialist McCarthy & Stone has ruled itself out of the running.

A spokesman confirmed this week that while it remained interested in development opportunities in Hexham, the company was not involved in any sale associated with the swimming pool site.

A spokeswoman for Northumberland County Council said: “Due to commercial sensitivity we can’t comment on any potential purchasers until a sale has been completed.”

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