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14/00980/LAREG3 | Demolition of existing police station and existing residential dwellings and erection of 12no two bedroom houses and 13no three bedroom houses and 4no one bedroom apartments and 12no two bedroom apartments with associated landscaping and parking | Former Wallsend Police Station Alexandra Street Wallsend Tyne And Wear NE28 7RW
Reference 14/00980/LAREG3
Alternative Reference PP-03477514
Application Received Fri 20 Jun 2014
Address Former Wallsend Police Station Alexandra Street Wallsend Tyne And Wear NE28 7RW
Proposal Demolition of existing police station and existing residential dwellings and erection of 12no two bedroom houses and 13no three bedroom houses and 4no one bedroom apartments and 12no two bedroom apartments with associated landscaping and parking
Status Application Permitted - 29th January 2015
http://idoxpublicaccess.northtyneside.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=N7H6PNBHGQQ00

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/former-wallsend-police-station-replaced-8901202
Former Wallsend police station to be replaced by affordable homes
06:30, 24 March 2015 By Sonia Sharma


An artist's impression of the new housing development being built in Wallsend

A former police station is to be knocked down and replaced with affordable homes.

The Northumbria Police base in Alexandra Street, Wallsend, has been closed for several years. Now the building is being demolished as part of a £4.2m housing scheme. The Alexandra Street Family Centre on High Street East will also come down.

The project will include 41 new properties - made up of 12 two-bedroom houses, 13 three-bedroom homes, 12 two-bedroom apartments and four one-bedroom apartments - complete with landscaping and parking. Once complete, they will be available for rent through North Tyneside Homes. The work is part of North Tyneside Council’s drive to create more affordable homes across the borough and will also contribute to the ongoing regeneration of Wallsend town centre.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This is a milestone project for affordable housing and the regeneration of Wallsend, and we’ve worked closely with the local community to plan this development.”

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member with responsibility for housing, added: “As demand for housing continues to rise in North Tyneside and many of our residents struggle to secure suitable homes, we are determined to do all we can - by working with our partners and in innovative ways - to create the homes that people need and want.”

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/former-wallsend-police-station-replaced-8901202

This news item from the North Tyneside Council web site @ http://www.northtyneside.gov.uk/browse-display.shtml?p_ID=559669&p_subjectCategory=23
Wallsend Police Station makes way for new homes
Issued by: Nicola Weatherburn Published: 23-MAR-15

Work has started on a development of new and affordable homes in the centre of Wallsend.

The £4.2 million scheme will see the demolition of the former Wallsend Police Station and Alexandra Street Family Centre on High Street East, to create 41 new properties in the heart of the town.

The homes will include 12 two-bedroom houses, 13 three-bedroom houses, 12 two-bedroom apartments and four one-bedroom apartments, complete with landscaping and parking. Once complete, the properties will be available for rent through North Tyneside Homes.

The work is part of North Tyneside Council's ten-year drive to create 3,000 extra, affordable homes across the borough and will also contribute to the ongoing regeneration of Wallsend town centre.

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn said: "This is a milestone project for affordable housing and the regeneration of Wallsend, and we've worked closely with the local community to plan this development."

Councillor John Harrison, Cabinet member with responsibility for Housing, said: "As demand for housing continues to rise in North Tyneside and many of our residents struggle to secure suitable homes, we are determined to do all we can - by working with our partners and in innovative ways - to create the homes that local people need and want."

Kier North Tyneside are working with North Tyneside Council to deliver the project, which is expected to be ready by spring 2016.

Kier Operations Director, Jon Rukin, commented: "We are proud to be working with North Tyneside on this exciting development; it offers an excellent opportunity to use our expertise from across Kier's divisions to deliver much-needed new affordable homes in the Wallsend district. We have worked closely with the council to develop high quality, thermally efficient designs, which recreate the traditional terraces of Wallsend and will provide secure and economical places to live for residents. We are also looking forward to delivering further projects within the borough as part of the council's long-term housing programme."

North Tyneside Council and its partners are working to create around 3,000 new and affordable homes over the next ten years to meet the high and rising demand for affordable and decent homes in North Tyneside, including for families, elderly and vulnerable residents, first-time buyers and for those on low incomes.

There are at least 5,000 individuals or families currently on North Tyneside Council's housing waiting list, and the authority predicts that it will need to create around 500 new homes each year to keep up with increasing demands.

North Tyneside Council's drive to create more affordable homes will focus on providing the types of homes that are most in demand, particularly one-bed properties, bungalows and family homes; the work will particularly support those who haven't got the means to buy or rent a home on the open market.

Site location - courtesy of the planning application documentation:


Images hosted on http://GeordiePhotographs.fototime.com/Wallsend/Former Wallsend Police Station - Alexandra Street

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Former Wallsend Police Station,Alexandra Street Wallsend

14/00980/LAREG3 | Demolition of existing police station and existing residential dwellings and erection of 12no two bedroom houses and 13no three bedroom houses and 4no one bedroom apartments and 12no two bedroom apartments with associated landscaping and parking | Former Wallsend Police Station Alexandra Street Wallsend Tyne And Wear NE28 7RW
Reference 14/00980/LAREG3
Alternative Reference PP-03477514
Application Received Fri 20 Jun 2014
Address Former Wallsend Police Station Alexandra Street Wallsend Tyne And Wear NE28 7RW
Proposal Demolition of existing police station and existing residential dwellings and erection of 12no two bedroom houses and 13no three bedroom houses and 4no one bedroom apartments and 12no two bedroom apartments with associated landscaping and parking
Status Application Permitted - 29th January 2015
http://idoxpublicaccess.northtyneside.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=N7H6PNBHGQQ00
Demolition of the former Wallsend Police Station commenced today, these images taken this morning, 30th March 2015:










Images hosted on http://GeordiePhotographs.fototime.com/Wallsend/Former Wallsend Police Station - Alexandra Street
 

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NTC are incredibly demolition happy.



Regeneration from demolition is a lot like someone standing in a bucket and pulling the handle to lift themselves up.

A lot of what they demolish is buildings that aren't of real use anymore or are too far gone. In North Tyneside there isn't as many buildings worth saving like there is in Newcastle. If memory serve me right the actual main police station will be converted, only the terraced housing to the rear will be demolished.
I maybe wrong though.
 

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A lot of what they demolish is buildings that aren't of real use anymore or are too far gone. In North Tyneside there isn't as many buildings worth saving like there is in Newcastle. If memory serve me right the actual main police station will be converted, only the terraced housing to the rear will be demolished.
I maybe wrong though.
Its all going, former Police Station and associated houses - also the car park that bordered High Street.

14/00980/LAREG3 | Demolition of existing police station and existing residential dwellings and erection of 12no two bedroom houses and 13no three bedroom houses and 4no one bedroom apartments and 12no two bedroom apartments with associated landscaping and parking | Former Wallsend Police Station Alexandra Street Wallsend Tyne And Wear NE28 7RW
 

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Looking at these photos of the old police station and police houses, what would happen in Wallsend if a major disturbance broke out or someone decided to go on a shooting spree in the town centre? A town with a population of over 40,000 without a police station seems a very retrograde step.
 

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Looking at these photos of the old police station and police houses, what would happen in Wallsend if a major disturbance broke out or someone decided to go on a shooting spree in the town centre? A town with a population of over 40,000 without a police station seems a very retrograde step.
Centralised Police Station for the Borough is now at Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend, so given the distance I don't think the loss of a station in the centre of Wallsend would have much effect. God forbid if there was a 'shooting spree' then I would imagine that such as incident would be dealt with by Armed Response Units throughout the Northumbria Police area. The way in which Police work these days is that their front line officers are not battalioned in HQ's waiting for an incident, they are instead mainly out on patrol.
 

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Former Wallsend Police Station,Alexandra Street Wallsend

Your right I can't. But the fact is i'm allowed to say what I like and I can assert that the fact that if the material state of the building was so bad and they had to be demolished they would have said that because they clearly do not look too far gone and to refurbish would have cost less than wholesale demolition. That is why I say someones on the take or just stupid.
We seem to be going over old ground here, whys and wherefores of the Police Station's demolition have been discussed before on the forum and I think we all know where we stand.

The building and land was of course put up for offer by Gateshead Council/Northumbria Police Commissioner with the potential of:
• Refurbishment/development opportunity
• Possible residential conversion, subject to planning

Check out https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CDMQFjAC&url=https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/DocumentLibrary/Business/Properties/PCC-Particulars-2012.pdf&ei=tqZgVf-mAs2p7AbOwICACQ&usg=AFQjCNFLZEiuaUoBZL1cGMT14aQkRaXmiA&sig2=wK8K41qIf-tXwuhhiukdyQ&bvm=bv.93990622,d.ZGU&cad=rja

Looks like North Tyneside were the only takers and we know the route they chose to take.
 

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