Residents can give their views on new proposals for the former Hexham Middle School site.

Starting this week, members of the community are invited to attend a consultation on an ambitious masterplan for the site.

Members of the public can participate either in-person or online.


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The blueprints for the 16-acre patch will be on display at Hexham’s Queens Hall on Saturday, March 9 between 10am and 2pm, where visitors can also speak to county council officers about the plans.

Those unable to attend in person can share their thoughts online at

The council has said that the draft plan maintains the integrity of the site while offering something for people of all ages.

Proposals include a diverse range of housing options, such as affordable homes, family houses, and bungalows, as well as an extra care supported living scheme.

Leader of Northumberland County Council, Glen Sanderson, said: "We hope everyone involved in the town will take the time to view the proposals, either at the exhibition or online, and give us their views.

"It is a large and important site, and we want to get it right for the people of Hexham."

The development aims to create a sustainable, healthy environment with green spaces, pedestrian-friendly paths, improved access, and a community garden.

The former school land, owned by the county council and spanning 16.5 acres on Wanless Lane, was evaluated last September by IDP Architects to identify potential uses, site layout, and density, along with development costs and valuations.

The former premises, which include a Grade II listed building with curtilage listed Gatehouse, ceased operation last September as the school moved to the existing Queen Elizabeth High School site.

The proposal forms a part of the council's broader investment plan in the Hexham area, including the £38 million funding in the new Queen Elizabeth High School and £2.4 million Hexham High Streets Heritage Action Zone.

There is also a proposed £300,000 refurbishment fund for the Shambles, a Grade II listed building in the town centre, and an investment of nearly £9 million to improve the cycling and walking routes between Hexham and Corbridge.