Tyne & Wear

Northumberland Council new £40m HQ gets green light

Artist impression of new council building in Ashington Image copyright Northumberland County Council
Image caption The new council headquarters would be built in Ashington

Northumberland County Council has been given planning permission for a new HQ.

The current County Hall in Morpeth dates from 1981, but needs to be substantially refurbished.

The authority said it would be more cost-effective to sell off the land, and build a new £40m HQ in Ashington.

Council Leader Grant Davey said the proposals had been "well received by residents from the town and wider area".

The overall economic benefit to the north east could be as high as £93m, he said.

Image copyright Northumberland County Council
Image caption About 1,000 people work in the current building, which was built in 1981

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