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Old March 7th, 2013, 09:22 PM   #341
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Toy shop has been open a wee while, its actually pretty good/ inexpensive, they made a fortune out of sleds a few weeks back! I like the book shop idea
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2013/0029/01/CAC | Conservation Area Consent: Demolition of former Magistrates Court | Former Magistrates Court West Avenue Gosforth Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 4ES

Reference 2013/0029/01/CAC
Alternative Reference PP-02302862
Application Received Thu 03 Jan 2013
Address Former Magistrates Court West Avenue Gosforth Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 4ES
Proposal Conservation Area Consent: Demolition of former Magistrates Court
Status Pending Consideration
http://publicaccess.newcastle.gov.uk...=MG24IFBSAP000

Plan is for 2 semi-detached dwellings to be erected on the site.

This from the Design and Access Statement :

The site is occupied by the former Magistrate’s Court, converted in 1970 from the original building built for the Territorial Army in the 19th Century which in turn was converted from the former Gosforth assembly rooms by substantial alteration and addition of the first storey element fronting West Avenue.

DTZ advert for the site @ http://uk-residential.pldbgw-dtz.max...display/132435 and their image -
This Planning Application was refused on 8th March 2013.

The proposed demolition of the former Magistrates Court is considered unacceptable, by virtue of the lack of justification for the extent of demolition and lack of evidence about alternative uses, contrary to Saved Policy C3.1 of the UDP and failure to satisfy the criteria identified within the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, National Planning Policy Framework, and the Gosforth Conservation Area Management Plan.
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Old March 8th, 2013, 10:48 PM   #343
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It's an attractive building, but I'm not sure what uses it could be put to on a residential street.

I never knew that Giosforth had assembly rooms other than the ones that were in the premises now occupied by Basilico on the High Street.
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Old March 9th, 2013, 03:45 PM   #344
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Was it not an ink cartridge shop? I see there is a new toy shop on the high st, wonder if it will last.
Wasn't it a Garu fish foot spa/tennis shop/plumbing supplies shop/printer cartridge shope/etc.

Good luck to them, hope they succeed, as that unit seems to be cursed.
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Old March 9th, 2013, 06:51 PM   #345
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Could the magistrates court turn into a house? Or perhaps more likely a 3-4 unit sub-division. Its primarily a residential street. Maybe the economics dont stack up given the hope value of whoever is selling it
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Old March 11th, 2013, 10:58 AM   #346
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As mentioned on here previously . .

New Marks & Spencer Gosforth store to create 60 new jobs
by Sonia Sharma, The Journal, March 11th 2013


Current Multiyork store on the corner of Hollywood Avenue and Great North Road in Newcastle

A NEW Marks & Spencer food store is set to open in the North East, creating 60 jobs. Newcastle City Council’s planning chiefs have approved proposals for the 15,000sq ft Simply Food outlet at the junction of Great North Road and Hollywood Avenue in Gosforth. Under the project, the Multi York furniture store will be demolished and replaced by the new two-storey shop, fronting on to Great North Road. The site will include an M&S cafe and 44 parking spaces.

During the scheme’s consultation process, concerns were raised about the potential increase in traffic at the Hollywood Avenue and Great North Road roundabout. It was said the junction was already experiencing capacity problems and the development could exacerbate this. However, the council approved the project on the condition that Marks & Spencer would make a financial contribution towards highway improvements.

A spokesman for the firm said: “Planning permission for the store has been granted and we are now in discussions with the council regarding planning conditions. It is expected that the store will create around 60 jobs as well as additional employment through the construction of the development.”


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Old March 11th, 2013, 12:32 PM   #347
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Certainly an extremely busy junction now set to get even worse.
Think the junction improvements should take place first before the store is built but not sure if that will happen?
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Old March 11th, 2013, 04:06 PM   #348
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Certainly an extremely busy junction now set to get even worse.
Think the junction improvements should take place first before the store is built but not sure if that will happen?
I doubt it, £77,000 doesnt get you much junction improvement so it will go into a pot for future works.
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 11:55 AM   #349
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Time needed to save Gosforth swimming pool, say residents
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Gosforth Pool, in Newcastle

EFFORTS to get Newcastle residents to take over a city swimming pool from a cash-strapped council could be doomed by “unacceptable” timeframes, it is claimed. Newcastle City Council is keen for community groups to take over swimming pools, libraries and other facilities it can no longer afford as it cuts £100m from its budget but a meeting to find interest in taking over the running of Gosforth Pool ended in uproar when it was revealed that the council wants a group to be formed and submit interest in less than a month.

Any group would have to find around £250,000 to cover the current council subsidy as well as taking on the employment of 27 staff and the upkeep of the building. West Gosforth City Councillor Nick Cott, who called the meeting with two of his Liberal Democrat colleagues, said: “The timescale put up was one that the elected members had no knowledge of. It was given to the staff that day. There’s a real issue there because it’s a very tight timeframe. I’m hopeful that there will be some flexibility because, if not, that negates the whole possibility of residents being involved in the process.”

The meeting was told that running costs at Gosforth Pool are currently around £250,000 higher than its income, with that shortfall having to be made up by any community group that took over.


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Old March 23rd, 2013, 01:18 PM   #350
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Time needed to save Gosforth swimming pool, say residents
The Journal, March 23rd 2013

EFFORTS to get Newcastle residents to take over a city swimming pool from a cash-strapped council could be doomed by “unacceptable” timeframes, it is claimed. Newcastle City Council is keen for community groups to take over swimming pools, libraries and other facilities it can no longer afford as it cuts £100m from its budget but a meeting to find interest in taking over the running of Gosforth Pool ended in uproar when it was revealed that the council wants a group to be formed and submit interest in less than a month.

Any group would have to find around £250,000 to cover the current council subsidy as well as taking on the employment of 27 staff and the upkeep of the building. West Gosforth City Councillor Nick Cott, who called the meeting with two of his Liberal Democrat colleagues, said: “The timescale put up was one that the elected members had no knowledge of. It was given to the staff that day. There’s a real issue there because it’s a very tight timeframe. I’m hopeful that there will be some flexibility because, if not, that negates the whole possibility of residents being involved in the process.”

The meeting was told that running costs at Gosforth Pool are currently around £250,000 higher than its income, with that shortfall having to be made up by any community group that took over.

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This seems typical of the haste with which this council want to close facilities without organising alternatives.
They are just announcing closures with the hope that some community groups may come forward.
If they don't they can claim the 'community' don't care.
My wife uses this pool so will try and get along to any other meetings to find out if there are any potential plans.
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Old April 12th, 2013, 05:00 PM   #351
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Blakelaw Estate to get multi-million pound investment

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Estate to get multi-million pound investment

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Fri, 12/04/2013 - 12:09

Blakelaw residents were celebrating today after winning a multi-million makeover for their estate.

Tenants are jubilant after Your Homes Newcastle agreed to allocate £2m towards improving the look and feel of the 165 Estate in Blakelaw, Newcastle.

The estate, which gets it names from the 165 homes which make it up, has suffered in the past from criminal and anti-social behaviour due to rat runs which run the entire length of the estate. Emergency vehicles have also encountered problems getting on to the estate due to its maze-like layout.

After months of close working between residents and their local councillors, YHN, which manages Newcastle City Council’s housing stock, agreed to fund a major programme of improvements works.

This will involve closing off rat runs, opening up others parts of the estate, and improving car parking. This will enhance the look of the estate, give it a more logical flow and help reduce the fear of crime.

Local councillor David Stockdale, who chairs the Blakelaw Ward Community Partnership said the investment was just reward for residents who have campaigned for years to improve where they live.

Cllr Stockdale said: “This investment will make a massive difference to a lot of families, some of whom have been plagued by anti-social behaviour.

“They refused to be beaten and instead worked with their ward members to see what they could do to change the layout of the estate. They won £10,000 from the Design Council’s Design Your Neighbourhood programme and never looked back. This latest investment from YHN will turn their hopes into reality.

“It’s just the start of big improvements round here and residents deserve full credit for the way they have taken advantage of the whole devolution agenda. They have stepped up to the plate and are creating a model for resident-led development which can be copied across the city.”

Residents have contributed to the debate about their estate by attending a series of sessions to discuss future layouts.

Chair of the 165 Estate Tenants & Residents Association, Doreen Jardine, said: “It’s great that residents have taken the opportunity to have a real say in what the 165 estate will look like in the future.

"Our local ward councillors and YHN listened to our concerns and worked closely with us to pull this whole thing together. I am over the moon that we will see some real improvements on the estate soon."

A design brief assisted by Northern Architecture and incorporating the proposals is expected to be complete in the next few weeks when YHN will begin the procurement process for an architect and construction partner.

David Langhorne, Director of Property Services at YHN said: “We have a long term commitment to regenerating our estates so we are pleased to make this substantial investment.

“It will help tackle residents’ priorities and improve community pride and modern living across the wider area of Blakelaw.”

Coun Hazel Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "This is a great example of residents taking control of their own destiny and improving their estate. I wish them every success, and I hope to see these kind of initiatives copied across Newcastle as the council devolves power to neighbourhoods."

The 165 Estate has previously benefited from a £1.2m facelift which also improved the energy insulation of the blocks.
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Residents a step closer to taking over Gosforth Pool
by Sara Nichol, The Journal, April 13th 2013


Newcastle's Gosforth Pool ready to be taken over

EFFORTS to get Newcastle residents to take over a swimming pool from a cash-strapped council have taken a step forward. Newcastle City Council is trying to get community groups to take over pools, libraries and other facilities as it cuts £100m from its budget. A meeting earlier this year to find interest in taking over the running of Gosforth Pool ended in acrimony when it was revealed the council wanted a group to be formed and then submit interest in less than a month, but now the council has agreed some flexibility in the time frame and a group of residents has formed in the hope of submitting a bid.

The group is now writing a formal letter of expressions of interest. The bid would have to include around £250,000 to cover the current council subsidy as well as taking on the employment of 27 staff and the upkeep of the building. West Gosforth councillor Nick Cott said a second meeting had ended positively with two groups of residents being formed. He said: “One set of residents agreed to set-up the Friends, Supporters and Users group. They will offer advice and get community views about what happens and another set of residents formed a group who are keen to work towards forming some kind of bid. This is basically the business group and is made up of a lot of business people with business connections."


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Does anyone have any information about the Brandling Arms pub on Gosforth High street?



It seems quite unusual due to the fact it has bricked up doors on either side of the building. Did it used to be an upper class row of Townhouses? Also I've been unable to find an image of the pub before its relatively modern alteration to the portico of the building which you can tell by the differences in brick types?
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Does anyone have any information about the Brandling Arms pub on Gosforth High street?

It seems quite unusual due to the fact it has bricked up doors on either side of the building. Did it used to be an upper class row of Townhouses? Also I've been unable to find an image of the pub before its relatively modern alteration to the portico of the building which you can tell by the differences in brick types?
Looking at Trade Directories it has been a Pub since at least 1879 (shown in Kelly's Directory).
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Cheers Steve!


On a different topic in regards to the Gosforth area. You know the suburbs north of Regent centre? Such as Grange Park, Brunton Park, Whitebridge Park, Melton park e.t.c.

Does anyone know when Grange Park (area next to and North of Gosforth High school) was built?



As far as I know the area was used for Coal mining in the 1800s (there's a coal shaft underneath my house!) and the area was owned by Grange House which is on the Gosforth playing fields? My elderly next door neighbour says the Estate was buillt in the 1950s, but I have found some deeds which state that the estate was planned as early as the 1920s but does not give information on when it was actually built. The houses look earlier than the 1950s too.
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On a different topic in regards to the Gosforth area. You know the suburbs north of Regent centre? Such as Grange Park, Brunton Park, Whitebridge Park, Melton park e.t.c.

Does anyone know when Grange Park (area next to and North of Gosforth High school) was built?

As far as I know the area was used for Coal mining in the 1800s (there's a coal shaft underneath my house!) and the area was owned by Grange House which is on the Gosforth playing fields? My elderly next door neighbour says the Estate was buillt in the 1950s, but I have found some deeds which state that the estate was planned as early as the 1920s but does not give information on when it was actually built. The houses look earlier than the 1950s too.
Might be worthwhile checking the internal index thread for previous discussions on Gosforth, Coxlodge Colliery etc - quite a bit of previous discussions, maps, drawing etc there.
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Does anyone have any idea what's going on with Station News on Station Road in South Gosforth? I know they were broken into earlier this year and lost quite a bit, but even before that they only seem to open sporadically sometimes shut for days or weeks on end, with no signs or indication why or when they will re-open. Even when they are open the shelves are pretty much empty. Aside from the shop being closed, it's also home to the only cash machine in South Gosforth, albeit a charging one which I prefer not use.

Whilst I sympathise with them following the break in, and I appreciate that it must be difficult so sustain a small newsagents/corner shop when up against supermarkets, I really don't feel they've helped themselves with the meagre stock they hold and their haphazard approach to opening hours. South Gosforth Wine Store just up the road is a much better example of a small local shop of small size who do what they do well, for their size.

As much as it pains me to say this, I'd much rather have a small Tesco Express/Sainsburys Local or something similar down there. It's the one thing South Gosforth is missing really. In an ideal world I'd love to see Station News continue in business, carve out it's own niche and have Tesco takeover the old Majestic Wine Warehouse site
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Cheers Steve!


On a different topic in regards to the Gosforth area. You know the suburbs north of Regent centre? Such as Grange Park, Brunton Park, Whitebridge Park, Melton park e.t.c.

Does anyone know when Grange Park (area next to and North of Gosforth High school) was built?



As far as I know the area was used for Coal mining in the 1800s (there's a coal shaft underneath my house!) and the area was owned by Grange House which is on the Gosforth playing fields? My elderly next door neighbour says the Estate was built in the 1950s, but I have found some deeds which state that the estate was planned as early as the 1920s but does not give information on when it was actually built. The houses look earlier than the 1950s too.
While not being able to help on the date of the area, the image you selected can be seen at a much earlier period at about 1:40 in this video



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That's a brilliant video...cheers!
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That's a brilliant video...cheers!

Off-topic for this thread, but if you liked that Video, you will probably like these also . . .

Trolley Buses of Newcastle - VIDEOS 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 (of 6)
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