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A number of those items of plant are fitted with road/rail equipment, or are the sort of laser levelling 'dozers used on trackbed renewal work. (e.g. you can see the shiny rail wheels in the furthest left excavator in the first photo.)

Could be that it is still a convenient place to set up in advance of some upcoming railway maintenance job...
 

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Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead - pictures 08/10/16

On way to the International Stadium on Saturday 01/10/16 approx 1400 noticed that a large number of excavators along with portable toilets etc now located up towards the railway tracks, south east corner of the area (near Gateshead Stadium metro station), plus a Carillion sign had been placed inside the site and another on the steel palisade fence mid way down the St James Rd elevation

Not spotted anything on Gateshead Planning Portal recently regards the site and unable to check it when compiling this post due to "Server" problem



The start of works ?

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Follow up on post #40 (cut down version above) and paul 7755 comment on post #41 about it may being a base for a rail project

On way to the International Stadium for another Gateshead FC game on Saturday 08/10/16 approx 1415 noticed that the large number of excavators shown in above picture were not there - see picture by myself from that time



Still in position however the portable toilets etc located up towards the railway tracks, south east corner of the area (near Gateshead Stadium metro station), plus temporary fencing & Carillion sign placed inside the site and another on the steel palisade fence mid way down the St James Rd elevation

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Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead - pictures 23/02/18 Part 1 of 3

Last covered on 08/10/16

When in the vicinity took these pictures on Friday 23/02/18 at approx 1045 and approx 1600 to show the situation at that time with the site area and adjacent buildings of the Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration) site, Gateshead

Quite a lot of vegetation growing on the mounds of crushed inert material

View across site area from St James Rd. Gateshead, starting just over the bridge over the railway and metro tracks at Gateshead Stadium metro station, approx 1045 then north towards what used to be St James Square housing, now car showrooms etc, near the Felling By Pass, viewing over perimeter wall and through palisade fence and gates





















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Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead - pictures 23/02/18 Part 2 of 3

Part 2 of 3

When in the vicinity took these pictures on Friday 23/02/18 at approx 1045 and approx 1600 to show the situation at that time with the site area and adjacent buildings of the Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration) site, Gateshead

Sun House, Park Rd, the building that used to house Castle College before immigration raid in March 2011

Applied for Planning approval for Change of use from office (use class B1a) to 18-22 x two bed apartments (use class C3), DC/17/00824/RGDP, http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OTG1T6HK08J00, see http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=141534280&postcount=2757

Since that post decision made:-

Not Permitted Development

Decision Issued Date Fri 18 Aug 2017


Despite showing "Status Unknown" on Results for Application Search but the above appears on opening up the application

Note from sign the building now "To Let"





Approx 1600









Retaining Wall to north of site area alongside Park Lane, Felling By Pass









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Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead - pictures 23/02/18 Part 3 of 3

Part 3 of 3

When in the vicinity took these pictures on Friday 23/02/18 at approx 1045 and approx 1600 to show the situation at that time with the site area and adjacent buildings of the Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration) site, Gateshead

Before the Park Rd bridge over the railway tracks views through fence looking south and east





Views from Park Rd bridge over the railway tracks (St James Village "recent" housing in background)

















This carea being one of the 19 site areas for Joint Venture new build housing, http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Building and Development/LiveGatesheadLoveGateshead/JointVenture/Jointventure.aspx and was set for an "early start" but there has been nothing forthcoming in the public domain ever what is to happen

http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Building and Development/LiveGatesheadLoveGateshead/JointVenture/GroupB.aspx#DynamicJumpMenuManager_1_Anchor_1

Latest from http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Building and Development/LiveGatesheadLoveGateshead/JointVenture/Timeline.aspx

Construction on the first sites started in 2013. It will take many years to complete the whole project on all 19 sites because of the number of new homes we want to build in Gateshead.

Construction will take place in a number of phases called bundles. The developer is Linden Homes.

The first bundle is made up of three sites:


99 homes on Saltwell Road, called Trinity I, will finish in 2017

16 homes on Avon Street in Deckham, finished in 2016

194 homes on Birtley Northside, will finish in 2019

The next bundle of sites will be announced in early 2017.


(Information taken from website 07/03/18)

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Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead - pictures 24 & 30/02/18

On way to Gateshead International Stadium Saturday 24/03/18 noticed some activity at the Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead area - pictures taken from St James Rd at approx 1330









The situation 6 days later on Good Friday 30/03/18 PM









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Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead - pictures 05/05/18

When passing on way to the Saltmeadows factory units development on Saturday 05/05/18 at approx 0930 noticed that some further activity had occurred at the Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead area

Pictures from that time showing further deposited material - concrete railway sleepers ?





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Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead - pictures 14/12/19 Part 1 of 3

Approx 19 months on from last posting and it appears that nothing has changed at Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead apart from the growth of vegetation and the odd use by assume railway maintenance operations

When in the "high ground" of Mount Pleasant area of Gateshead on Saturday 14/12/19 at approx 1330 took some pictures of the Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead area















and few minutes later views from further to the east





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Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead - pictures 14/12/19 Part 2 of 3

Part 2 of 3

When in the Felling By-Pass area, at bridge over the railway, Gateshead on Saturday 14/12/19 at approx 1500 took some pictures of the Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead area, viewing generally east through steel palisade fence and the railway bridge





















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Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead - pictures 14/12/19 Part 3 of 3

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On Saturday 07/12/19 at approx 1400 took some pictures of the Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead area, viewing generally west through steel palisade fence and over stone boundary wall on St James Rd



















The area is/was set for Joint Venture housing regeneration of Gateshead Council, Galliford Try and Home Group - see posts earlier on thread

From Gateshead Council regeneration web pages, https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/1792/Regeneration, text extracts below copied 14/12/19

On https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/3035/The-project

EXTRACT

Around 2,400 new homes will be built by Evolution Gateshead.

The 19 sites across the borough cover 70 hectares of land - that's the size of three Saltwell Parks. They are a mixture of greenfield land (that has never been built on) and brownfield land (unused industrial or commercial sites). Many of the homes will be affordable and they will all be built to high standards of sustainability. This means they will be some of the best insulated and most energy-efficient homes in the UK.

Joint venture

Creating a joint venture partnership means the risks and rewards of developing the sites will be shared between Evolution Gateshead's partners. We'll be able to reinvest any profits from the sites back into Gateshead neighbourhoods to create great places to live now and in the future.

It also means we'll be less reliant on central government funding, and can develop some important regeneration sites that will greatly improve the choice of homes available to people wanting to live in Gateshead.


On https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/3039/Group-B

B1 - Freight Depot

Eco-friendly housing will be built on this site in central Gateshead.
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Around 10 years this site was supposed to be the "flagship" of the 19 areas of the scheme

From https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/3037/Timeline

EXTRACT

Construction on the first sites started in 2013. It will take many years to complete the whole project on all 19 sites because of the number of new homes we want to build in Gateshead.

Construction will take place in a number of phases called bundles. The developer is Linden Homes.

The first bundle is made up of three sites:

99 homes on Saltwell Road, called Trinity I, will finish in 2017
16 homes on Avon Street in Deckham, finished in 2016
194 homes on Birtley Northside, will finish in 2019


Not sure how well the web pages are being kept up to date:-

99 homes on Saltwell Road, called Trinity I recently complete not in 2017

No mention of "Bensham & Saltwell, Trilogy Ph 2 (Kelvin Grove)" that is now underway

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Land At Former Freight Depot, St James Road, Gateshead, 240 houses; 60 apartments etc - Planning Application

Thanks for flagging up its appearance

On Gateshead Council Planning Portal on 13/02/20

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DC/20/00119/FUL

Demolition of redundant utility apparatus building and construction of a proposed residential development of 300 dwellings consisting of 240 houses; 60 apartments split between open market, affordable and private rented sector units and community hub building all with associated ancillary spaces and newly adopted highways.

Land At Former Freight Depot St James Road Gateshead NE8 3EQ

Application Validated - Tue 11 Feb 2020

Status - Awaiting decision

https://public.gateshead.gov.uk/online-applications/caseDetails.do?caseType=Application&keyVal=Q5HCRPHK0BP00


EDIT 20/02/20

The above made its appearance in the Planning Portal weekly lists on 20/02/20, in list week beginning 17 Feb 2020

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Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead, vegetation clearance - pictures 26/02/20

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On Saturday 07/12/19 at approx 1400 took some pictures of the Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead area, viewing generally west through steel palisade fence and over stone boundary wall on St James Rd





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The above is cut down version of post #50

On Wednesday 26/02/20 at approx 0945 when on Gateshead Stadium station platform heard the sound of "strimming" and "chipping" from the Central Freight Depot Site, next to St James Rd Gateshead and took took some pictures from near the end of the platform





On my return from Sunderland at approx 1230 took further pictures, viewing generally west through steel palisade fence and over stone boundary wall on St James Rd showing clearance of vegetation taking place












A big scheme is to cut back vegetation across the whole area

Wonder if it just a part clearance scheme to create adequate Dingy Skipper Butterfly habitat, mentioned on https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=108299146&postcount=1 and https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=122541469&postcount=36

EXTRACT

Seeing the shredder would assume that a cut back of the vegetation to ensure the proper environment for Dingy Skipper (Scientific name: Erynnis tages) butterflies that inhabit the site is taking place

Was involved with the initial site clearance scheme some years ago and that included removal of excessive vegetation for provide an adequate habitat for this species.

The final new build housing scheme is set to include for a protected habitat for the butterflies alongside the railway tracks

http://butterfly-conservation.org/50-1101/dingy-skipper.html

Extract

Habitat

Colonies occur in a wide range of open, sunny habitats including chalk downland, woodland rides and clearings, coastal habitats such as dunes and undercliffs, heathland, old quarries, railway lines and waste ground.

Suitable conditions occur where foodplants grow in a sparse sward, often with patches of bare ground in a sunny, sheltered situation. Taller vegetation is also required for shelter and roosting.
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Central Freight Depot Site (Housing Regeneration), Gateshead, vegetation clearance - pictures 07/03/20

On Saturday 07/03/20 at approx 1400 took further pictures, viewing from St James Rd, showing work carried out to reduce vegetation on Central Freight Depot Site, Gateshead





















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