The International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) is a joint venture between Sunderland and South Tyneside Councils. The IAMP development is expected to be located in the area north of Sunderland's Nissan car plant close to the A19(T).
We have a shared ambition to build on a set of opportunities to develop a high quality strategic employment site for advanced manufacturing that will be an attractive location for national and international business investment and job creation.
A key part of accelerating economic growth is creating the conditions for private sector investment - supporting the ability of companies to trade on a national and international basis, ensuring the mobility and supply of local labour and a local supply chain and making suitable land available for commercial growth.
The IAMP aims to expand upon the existing North East automotive manufacturing hub and will continue the strong local track record of a location for high quality, adaptable manufacturing. This project will enable the construction of infrastructure, bringing a predicted £295million in private sector investment and the creation of over 7,850 new jobs by 2026/27.
Why an International Advanced Manufacturing Park?
Detailed analysis shows a real need for a large area of business space within the North East Region. There are particular demands for supply chain companies close to Nissan Motor Manufacturing. Over recent years a number of large investment projects have regretfully had to be turned away due to a shortage of suitable sites in the area.
How did the proposal come about?
South Tyneside in partnership with Sunderland were invited by the Government to put forward their growth plans under the second wave of the Government's City Deals programme, with Government approving the bid in June 2014. This enabled us to work closely together with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, towards on-going consideration and development of the International Advanced Manufacturing Park project. This will enable us to provide companies with the facilities to set-up and expand in the North East Region.
Why is it being proposed in this location?
Whilst every effort is made to use previously developed brownfield sites through sustainable and strategic approaches to planning, this analysis has concluded that the amount of land needed to ensure future regeneration and investment cannot be accommodated on these sites. This has resulted in the proposal to develop some areas previously designated as green belt.
Sunderland's draft Local Plan Core Strategy already proposes the allocation of a 20-25 hectare strategic employment sire on green belt just north of the Nissan Motor Manufacturing plant along side the A19. However due to the high demand for investment opportunities additional land would need to be brought forward to meet this demand and secure jobs well into the future.
How big is this proposed International Advanced Manufacturing Park expected to be?
The proposed park would be in the region of 100 hectares, providing over 7,850 jobs. However there is the possibility to allow scope for a potential longer term expansions up to 150 hectares if demand requires it. The park would provide modern business premises close to existing employers and would build on the region's advanced manufacturing heritage. The park would provide a range of building sizes to meet investor requirements.
For more information see IAMP Frequently Asked Questions
See also International Advanced Manufacturing Park Area Action Plan
See also Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
In the press
November 23, 2016 Thousands of jobs to be created at automotive park near Nissan plant
September 16, 2015 IAMP is Nationally Significant Project
June 19, 2014 GOV.UK: City Deal Sunderland and South Tyneside
March 15, 2014 The Journal: City deal will 'get the ball rolling'
March 14, 2014 GOV.UK: City Deal marks new era of prosperity
February 20, 2014 South Tyneside Council news: Sunderland and South Tyneside City Deal Success