COUNCILLORS have objected to plans to demolish warehouses at the Hadrian Enterprise park in Haltwhistle.

At a Haltwhistle Town Council meeting on Monday, chairman, Alan Sharp, voiced his concerns over the proposals.

He said: “We are concerned about the existing businesses and the disruption it will cause to the local area.”

Manchester-based MCR Property Group completed the purchase of the 230,000sq ft Hadrian Enterprise Park in November 2016, from previous owner Trans Britannia Properties.

MCR vowed to start refurbishing the site’s unused and dilapidated buildings, and find new businesses to occupy them. The firm operates nationwide and has a track record for breathing new life into industrial sites.

Plans drawn up in January explored the possibility of a mixed-use development at the site, comprising homes, retail units and a hotel.

Agents acting on behalf of MCR submitted a request to Northumberland County Council’s planning department for permission to carry out an environmental impact assessment, which explored possible development options.

Use of the Haltwhistle site is currently restricted to light industry and office use, and no plans have been submitted to the county council since.