The regeneration specialist Vistry Partnerships has struck a deal with Tyne and Wear Fire And Rescue Service to improve safety at one of Vistry’s development sites in Tynemouth.
The licence agreed between the pair, covering almost 1.4 acres of unused land next to Tynemouth Community Fire Station, will allow Vistry Partnerships North East to create improved access to its 64-apartment development near to Stanton Road, which it is building for Housing 21.
Under the agreement, construction traffic will use the nearby Preston North Road to reach the site rather than Stanton Road, lessening the risk of safety and parking issues on residential streets while the development is being built.
The proceeds from the agreement will help support Tyne and Wear FRS’ wider investment plan to continue to ensure public and firefighter safety in the face of recent funding uncertainty.
Andrew Rennie, development director with Vistry Partnerships North East, said: “By agreeing this licence, we have found a solution to unlock and regenerate a technically challenging site that has been dormant for many years.
“In partnership with Housing 21, we are creating a scheme which will enhance community facilities, with the grounds and amenities being open for use to the local neighbourhood residents.
“We listened to local residents’ concerns and are glad that we could find an alternative, more suitable access point to the site and that the outlay required to make it happen, is to be re-invested into the local community – through a range of fire safety initiatives.”
Vistry is currently building a 64-apartment extra care facility for Housing 21 which is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The facility, which will also feature numerous attractions for community use, is designed to help older people to continue to live independently for longer through the provision of on-site care.
In addition, each of the 64 apartments will be fitted with a tank fed, cold water sprinkler system which automatically alerts the fire service and centre staff when activated, promising additional safety for residents.
John Baines, assistant chief fire officer for Tyne and Wear FRS, said “This income will help to support our wider investment programme, which includes new operational fire appliances and equipment, protective clothing and investment in technology.
“We are wholly committed to ensuring that Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service can operate as a modern, efficient and effective fire service, enabling our dedicated and professional firefighters and specialist staff to best protect the public we serve.
“This work with Vistry Partnerships North East really is a win / win initiative. The sprinkler systems will protect the new residents and the alternative access will minimise disruption for the surrounding residents, with no impact on our operations whatsoever.”
The Tynemouth development is one of 14 Vistry Partnerships sites currently live in the North East, which will create over 1,300 new homes of varying types and tenures across the region.
Image: Vistry’s Andrew Rennie (right) alongside assistant chief fire officer John Baines. Credit: Vistry Partnerships