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Old October 2nd, 2019, 06:41 PM   #461
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What will happen to the Sage offices when they move out to relocate to Cobalt Business Park?


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Old October 7th, 2019, 07:50 PM   #462
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A new announcement from the City Council on 7th October 2019 . . .

Newcastle Great Park expansion formally approved

A major planning application for 1,200 new homes and two schools in Newcastle has been given formal approval by the City Council for an expansion of Newcastle Great Park in North Newcastle. It means work can now begin on 1,200 new homes, a mix of marketable and affordable housing 75% of which will be for families. Two new schools will also be built, a first school providing spaces for 450 pupils and a middle/secondary school for up to 1,700 pupils.

The phased multi-million development on the northern edge of Newcastle Great Park, also involves the creation of new habitats for wildlife, ecological enhancements, new playing fields, a changing pavilion, car parking and new public open spaces on what is mainly agricultural land. There will also be significant investment in the highway infrastructure including new cycle routes and bus services to ensure it can accommodate the transport requirements of new families moving into the area.

The application was granted planning approval by councillors in December 2018, but it has taken eight months of negotiation for all parties, including the council themselves and the developers, to sign the legal agreement triggering the formal planning approval by planners. City Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Linda Hobson, welcomed the approval and urged all parties to start work without delay. Cllr Hobson said: “The approval of this big application is great news for Newcastle because its population is growing, and if we are to continue to grow, it is imperative we provide more housing for people on all incomes so Newcastle continues to be a fair and inclusive city. That is what this application is all about."

“Attracting new families means greater demand for our schools, so I am delighted the city will also get two new schools, a first and middle/secondary school, which together will create spaces for up to 2,000 pupils from four-year-olds right through to 16-year-olds. This will greatly help the council creat the new school places need to support housing growth. It will also create a sustainable community that will provide an economic stimulus for our economy. We have waited a long time for this day."

Work began on Newcastle Great Park in 2001 and it is expected to be complete by 2034. So far 2,000 of the 4,500 homes promised have been built.

Source - https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/citylif...ontent=Housing
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Old October 7th, 2019, 08:33 PM   #463
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Cell A And B1, Newcastle Great Park, Brunton Lane, Newcastle - Planning Approval



On NCC Planning Portal on 07/10/19 (in list beginning 29/09/19)

EXTRACT

2017/0666/01/OUT

Outline Planning Application (Amended Proposal): (all matters reserved): Development of 66.55ha of land comprising up to 1,200 residential dwellings (Class C3), education provision for both primary and secondary aged children (Class D1), changing pavilion, car parking, playing fields with fencing, strategic routes, public open space and associated infrastructure (amended plans received on 5 November 2018) (as amended and or supplemented by details received on 20 September 2017, 21 September 2017, 3 November 2017, 22 November 2017, 5 November 2018), ecological enhancements and habitat creation (as per Updated Biodiversity Mitigation and Management Plan received on 5 November 2018), including Addendum to EIA - Ecology and Landscape and Visual Impact Chapters (received on 5 November 2018). Environmental Statement (received 9 May 2017) for Newcastle Great Park, Cell A and Cell B1, by Newcastle Great Park Consortium EIA - (Addendums received 22 November 2017, 1 August 2018) Further Environmental Statement Addendum (received 5 November 2018), Chapter 6 (Ecology), Chapter 8 (Landscape and Visual Impact).

Cell A And B1 Newcastle Great Park Brunton Lane Newcastle upon Tyne

Application Validated - Tue 09 May 2017

Decision - Grant Conditionally

Decision Issued Date - Fri 04 Oct 2019

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Environ-mentalists don't like the plans, threaten to appeal (they do have a point about failure to deliver the 'town centre'): https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news...uncil-17051329
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The so called eniron-mentalists can be forgiven as they are looking at this big picture.

Newcastle Great Park is exactly the kind of irresponsible, inefficient and monstrously destructive type of urban development possible in our country.

But first off- its not to preserve any kind of 'natural biodiversity'. Is farmland, with its flat fields of a single crop, with all nature constrained to thin ribbons of hedgerows really that nature friendly? I'd argue that family housing with its overly generous landscaping and gardens is probably better for the biodiversity that can jump over fences.

Land needs to be retained however for growing crops. So i'm not against suburban development perhaps for the same reasons as Swampy and co. I'm against them because they are unsustainable economically and socially- and pretty much environmentally as well.

It's a loose spread of land hungry, low density, poor quality housing. Its furthering some kind of lie that people that live here are living in the 'countryside' or some kind of idyllic or bucolic setting when in fact they are living in a series of individual lonely islands of existence, where their lives are only 'activated' when they step in their car and go somewhere else. This existence of inadvertent loneliness and commuting lifestyle is not conducive to a strong sense of community, or provide a social cohesion. Give this place a few generations for the newness to wear off, it'll become a sinkhole.

The move of Sage to the next door council and the fact there is still no 'town centre' goes to show that economically out of town developments for established companies does not work as well. Add to the fact Tyneside is blessed with a suburban rail network, and NGP is nowhere near, nor is it near a train station. It is designed exclusively for the car, maybe a bit of bus. Every day it dumps yet more traffic on the Western Bypass.

I'm not sure how housing allocations are calculated but there seems to be still a lot of edge of town development on Tyneside (particularly NTC) while there still exists swathes of poorly used or derelict land. Newcastle's and particularly Gateshead's centres have lost nearly all of their resident population and remain under developed.

This is the answer. Not necessarily that everyone has to live in a Parisian apartments- although more people want to live in a prosperous urban environment than most think (families are a shrinking demographic compared to young couples, elderly, single people, Dad's who take their kids to Macdonald's every second Saturday of the month) and townhouses within a short walk to the city centre are far more desirable (think Summerhill but contemporary). These all provide a density that makes places walkable, allows for more social integration, and less burden on our infrastructure.

Example... Imagine if Sage built their head office behind the 'Sage' in Gateshead. Imagine if all land to the East and South of Gateshead were infilled with apartments in the centre, and terrace/townhouses to create a coherence with Saltwell and Bensham and yes, interspersed, some tenure blind family housing.

Think of all those people living and working nearby, the loose familiarity of folk walking past each other, the fact nearly everyone could walk to work, what it would do for Gateshead town centre business etc. This is one stitch needed in a huge pattern of careful knitting that is required to make a kind of tapestry of living. Not smearing loose and deceptive 'estates' of living in no man's land.
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Newcastle Great Park – Resident Update
28th October 2019

Further to the latest update we want to inform residents of the progress and positive work that is happening across Newcastle Great Park.

Cell A & New Schools:

You may have seen that the planning application for the new schools, playing pitches and housing in Cell A was considered by Planning committee in December 18 and we are delighted to inform you that the planning permission has now been issued which will enable the delivery of the two well needed schools to progress.

We would like to reassure residents that we will do everything possible to ensure that the delivery of the vital services is not delayed and will keep you all informed on progress over the coming months.

A consultation event will be held for the first school on the 13th November at the Community Centre so that residents have the opportunity to view and comment on the proposals and also find out more about the delivery of the schools. We will issue further details on this when the council provides them.

The "Town" Centre:

The three retailers are busy working on their shop plans and preparing all of the necessary preconstruction information to enable their fit outs to start as soon as possible. We are hoping to have the agreements signed soon and we will make announcements as soon as it is possible. Works will be starting in the next two weeks to construct the separating walls within the units which will mean the tenants can hit the ground running when the leases are signed.
We are currently negotiating terms with a number of other retailers and actively promoting the remainder of the units to ensure that the next cluster can be announced as soon as possible.

The Persimmon office building is nearing completion and over the next 2-3 weeks phase 2 of the landscaping and paving contract will commence which is the area to the east of the new office. The new town centre car park is now almost complete which provides close to 100 extra car parking spaces for the town centre.

We are in the early stages of negotiations with a pub operator and are hoping that an operator can be secured early next year which will attract further interest and investment to Newcastle Great Park.

Supermarket:

We are about to sign a legal agreement over the next couple of weeks with the supermarket and site clearance works will be taking place in November as well as pre-application discussions with the council to progress the development proposals.

As soon as this is contracted a press release will be made which will include an indicative programme setting out the planning and construction timescales up to store opening. At present we expect all of the necessary site investigation to be complete and the contracts in a position to make an announcement early next year.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation on this whilst we get this over the line, we are doing everything we can to ensure this can be announced as soon as possible and we are confident that when this is in the public domain it will attract further investment into the town centre.

Spine Road – Junctions 4-7:

We are delighted to inform you that all of the pre-commencement planning conditions have now been discharged alongside the formal issue of technical approval allowing our contractor to commence site works this week. This is vital infrastructure for the Great Park and will ensure that the momentum we are building will not be halted. We will continue to liaise with residents on this as the works progress to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum and are in discussions with our contractor regarding community engagement and regular updates.

Strategic Routes:

You may have noticed that the lighting columns are up on the majority of the routes and the cabling and ducting works have also started on a number of the routes. We would like to apologise for the disruption caused, however these works are essential to ensure that all the paths are lit. We are targeting having the lights operational as soon as the connection pillars are made live from the statutory provide. We would like to apologise for the delay in lighting the routes and we will be making enquiries in the next couple of weeks to see how we can expedite this to ensure that routes are lit throughout the winter months.

Management Company:

The audited accounts statements for 2018 are now available and have been published on the website for residents to review. The final notice letter will be posted out to all residents who have not attempted to make payment of their rent and service charges in the coming weeks. To ensure the ongoing maintenance of the Great Park can we please ask that occupiers who have not attempted to make payment do so at the earliest opportunity.

Esh Plaza Car Park:

We are extremely disappointed to see that the parking issues continue despite the construction of up to 64 new car parking spaces at Esh Plaza. This is an issue that we are taking very seriously and we will do everything we can to ensure that the problem is resolved in a timely manner.

We have been in contact with the police who have stated that they will be on site regularly to monitor the situation and take action on any cars parking illegally. You may have also noticed that cones were put out onto the road this morning and whilst they have reduced the parking in some areas they only seem to have dispersed the cars that now seem to be parking further into the site. The immediate response to this is that we will simply put out more cones next week to cover the other areas and prevent the parking.

It is clear that this is only a temporary solution and further avenues must be investigated to ensure a long term solution is put in place. We are liaising with the local authority to look at potential traffic regulation orders and restrictions and will be meeting with representatives over the next couple of weeks to discuss proposals. We are also considering private parking enforcement which we will keep residents informed about.

Street Lighting:

As we enter the darker nights can you please continue to raise street light faults via our website so that we can pass this on to the developers to find out who the responsibility of the repair lies with. In order to ensure a repair can take place in a timely manner please provide exact details of the location of the light with a postal address. Once we have this information, we will make you aware of who is responsible for the repair and would ask you to liaise with the developer direct in relation to progress. As always, any lights that are the responsibility of the management company will be dealt with direct from the Project Office.

Finally:

We trust that the above provides a sufficient update on the work that is taking place across Newcastle Great Park and announcements will be made as soon as agreements are signed.

Newcastle Great Park Consortium
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Old November 10th, 2019, 02:47 PM   #467
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The so called eniron-mentalists can be forgiven as they are looking at this big picture.

Newcastle Great Park is exactly the kind of irresponsible, inefficient and monstrously destructive type of urban development possible in our country.

But first off- its not to preserve any kind of 'natural biodiversity'. Is farmland, with its flat fields of a single crop, with all nature constrained to thin ribbons of hedgerows really that nature friendly? I'd argue that family housing with its overly generous landscaping and gardens is probably better for the biodiversity that can jump over fences.

Land needs to be retained however for growing crops. So i'm not against suburban development perhaps for the same reasons as Swampy and co. I'm against them because they are unsustainable economically and socially- and pretty much environmentally as well.

It's a loose spread of land hungry, low density, poor quality housing. Its furthering some kind of lie that people that live here are living in the 'countryside' or some kind of idyllic or bucolic setting when in fact they are living in a series of individual lonely islands of existence, where their lives are only 'activated' when they step in their car and go somewhere else. This existence of inadvertent loneliness and commuting lifestyle is not conducive to a strong sense of community, or provide a social cohesion. Give this place a few generations for the newness to wear off, it'll become a sinkhole.

The move of Sage to the next door council and the fact there is still no 'town centre' goes to show that economically out of town developments for established companies does not work as well. Add to the fact Tyneside is blessed with a suburban rail network, and NGP is nowhere near, nor is it near a train station. It is designed exclusively for the car, maybe a bit of bus. Every day it dumps yet more traffic on the Western Bypass.

I'm not sure how housing allocations are calculated but there seems to be still a lot of edge of town development on Tyneside (particularly NTC) while there still exists swathes of poorly used or derelict land. Newcastle's and particularly Gateshead's centres have lost nearly all of their resident population and remain under developed.

This is the answer. Not necessarily that everyone has to live in a Parisian apartments- although more people want to live in a prosperous urban environment than most think (families are a shrinking demographic compared to young couples, elderly, single people, Dad's who take their kids to Macdonald's every second Saturday of the month) and townhouses within a short walk to the city centre are far more desirable (think Summerhill but contemporary). These all provide a density that makes places walkable, allows for more social integration, and less burden on our infrastructure.

Example... Imagine if Sage built their head office behind the 'Sage' in Gateshead. Imagine if all land to the East and South of Gateshead were infilled with apartments in the centre, and terrace/townhouses to create a coherence with Saltwell and Bensham and yes, interspersed, some tenure blind family housing.

Think of all those people living and working nearby, the loose familiarity of folk walking past each other, the fact nearly everyone could walk to work, what it would do for Gateshead town centre business etc. This is one stitch needed in a huge pattern of careful knitting that is required to make a kind of tapestry of living. Not smearing loose and deceptive 'estates' of living in no man's land.
I strongly agree with this. Thanks for this, it's something I have always thought but never been able to materialize in words. Wish there were people in local government with this type of vision.
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