A new neighbourhood of 300 homes could arise on the site of a freight depot in central Gateshead that has stood vacant for 25 years.
Gateshead Regeneration Partnership (GRP) – a joint venture between the council, Home Group and Vistry Partnerships – has submitted a planning application to the council and if successful it would see the depot, off the Felling Road Bypass, transformed.
The plans include a variety of properties to buy and rent, including 60 apartments in three blocks, and 240 two-, three- and four-bedroom homes. The layout also accommodates a community hub, landscaping and open areas, allowing access through the site for pedestrians and cyclists.
“Our aim is to create a vibrant and sustainable community close to the heart of Gateshead,” said Christine Curran, GRP’s development director. “If permission to regenerate this disused brownfield site is granted, we are sure that our ambitious plans to deliver high quality housing options will play a big part in supporting the revitalisation of the town centre.”
Around 15% of the proposed new homes would be allocated for “affordable” rent, through housing association Home Group. There would also be homes for private rent, and 155 homes for market sale, through Vistry Partnership’s housebuilding division, Linden Homes.
The homes for sale would all meet Building for Life, Code for Sustainable Homes level 3 and Lifetime Homes standards. GRP says this means they would be suitable for all, including those of restricted mobility and can be adapted as people’s needs change. It’s also claimed they would also have much larger rooms, higher levels of energy efficiency and greater environmental performance than the average new build home.
The proposed development would be part of a £350 million project being driven by the GRP. The joint venture’s ambition is to create around 2,000 new homes on 16 sites across the borough.
“The old freight depot site offers a unique opportunity to establish a housing lead regeneration project close to the centre of the town,” said Sean Egan, Vistry Partnership’s managing director in the North East. “Should the planning application be successful, 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.”
Main Image: An aerial view of the freight depot site.