A complex and ambitious regeneration initiative, for a 19 acre Tyneside site which has stood unused and semi derelict for over 25 years, moved a step closer with the granting of planning consent.
The 300 homes development, on a former freight sidings site, will be the biggest yet undertaken by Gateshead Regeneration Partnership (GRP) – a Partnerships North East venture with the council and housing provider, Home Group.
The plans include 60 apartments, in three blocks and 240 two, three and four bedroomed homes. Around 45 of the properties would be allocated for affordable rent – through Home Group – with about 100 more available for private rent – through one of the nation’s leading providers – and 155 for sale, by Linden Homes.
There will also be a community hub and well-designed landscaping and open areas, allowing access through the site for pedestrians and cyclists.
Managing Director, Sean Egan, said: “The old freight depot site offers a unique opportunity to establish a housing lead regeneration project close to the centre of the town. I’m confident the homes we want to create here will not only bring new people to the area but prove a popular choice with locals – as the partnership’s award winning project in Saltwell* has done.”
Homes England has provided support funding for the project as part of the Government’s Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) programme which was launched to help unlock public land and increase the speed of delivery on local authority housing schemes.
The development will be part of the £350 million GRP programme, which has a vision to create around 2,000 new homes on 16 sites across the borough. As well as improving housing quality and choice, the initiative is providing job and training opportunities – a minimum of 25% of which go to local people – and an economic uplift – a quarter of the supply budget is committed to businesses within the borough.
Construction of the first phase of sites, comprising 309 homes, is virtually completed and work on a further 108 in the second phase is well underway.