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500 jobs could be created at former Alcan site in Northumberland

Plans to redevelop the former Alcan smelting plant, at Lynemouth, Northumberland, could create hundreds of jobs.

The Alcan plant in 2012. Credit: ITV News

Harworth Estates Investments Ltd, the company which bought the site in 2015, wants to create an 'employment park' which would be home to several businesses.

They estimate that this would lead to around 500 more people being employed on the site - where 100 people currently work.

“The site’s rail-connection means that it could be of use to a range of companies, including rail-based manufacturers, and we’ve had good interest from occupiers even before planning has been determined. Our aim remains bringing skilled, high-value employment to the site.

“It is also worth noting that we’ve retained several former Rio Tinto Alcan buildings already at Lynefield Park and over a hundred people are already employed there, including staff from companies including Lynx Precast and H-Mix. The redevelopment of the site is therefore a key regeneration programme for Northumberland.”

– Iain Thomson, Haworth Estates

One of South East Northumberland's biggest employers, the Alcan aluminium smelter closed in May 2012, with the loss of more than 500 jobs.

Its owner, Rio Tinto, blamed the high cost of energy in the UK.

The closure brought to an end 40 years of smelting in Northumberland.

The new plans will go before Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee on Tuesday.