One of Tynedale’s largest employers has unveiled plans to extract sand and gravel from a site alongside the Tyne near Hexham that will create a new lake and wildlife sanctuary and improve public access to the river.

Later this month, Thompsons of Prudhoe will be submitting a planning application to Northumberland County Council for the proposed site at Anick Grange Haugh – near the sewage treatment works behind Egger.

The company has pledged that the scheme – that will help to meet the county’s need for vital construction materials – will be unobtrusive and bring significant biodiversity gains as well as creating jobs.

It is also in talks with local landowners and key stakeholders to improve access to the area and has plans to widen the road near the site entrance with a new footpath and more room for cyclists.

See this week’s Hexham Courant for full details of the scheme. You can ask questions or comment at and will be able to view aerial footage and a short animation about the proposed scheme on the Hexham Courant website.

You can watch a video of the project by clicking below.