Blyth Power Station, East Sleekburn


Since demolition of the Blyth coal-fired power station in the 2000’s, the site has remained largely undisturbed. In recognition its value as an employment site, in particular for potential off-shore activities, the East Sleekburn Local Development Order was granted by Northumberland County Council for part of the 40ha site in  2013. The East Sleekburn site is ecologically sensitive being located adjacent to the Northumberland Coast Special Protection Area, the Northumberland Shore Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Marine Conservation Zone and Blyth Estuary Local Wildlife Site. Arch, the Northumberland development company, appointed Penn Associates in 2014  to review the ecological status of the site and advise them on integrating wildlife protection and enhancement into site development.