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Budget 2015: Gateshead dream housing project wins share of £200m in Government cash

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/budget-2015-gateshead-dream-housing-8873868
Budget 2015: Gateshead dream housing project wins share of £200m in Government cash
11:13, 19 March 2015 By Kate Proctor


The Shed, on Gateshead, High Street, which is to be demolished

Gateshead was awarded a share of £200m in the Government’s Budget yesterday to transform part of its High Street into housing.

Gateshead’s ‘Exemplar Neighbourhood’ project would convert more than 100 acres of brownfield site and former shops at the southern end of the town’s High Street into housing in a community model inspired by continental Europe. Despite there being no clues in George Osborne’s Budget speech yesterday as to whether Gateshead Council would be given a share of the cash, civic leaders got a phone call late last night to inform them they had been successful.

Gateshead Council found out in January that they had made the shortlist for their Exemplar Neighbourhood project. The scheme aims to create a ‘family neighbourhood in the city’ with a ‘city boulevard’ close to employment opportunities in the town centre. They believe only by creating a density of people close to its commercial area will regeneration really kick-start.

The authority’s outline report said the community could ‘meet the needs of those who want to live in a safe, accessible and vibrant area close to jobs, services and amenities’. The only other Northern projects making the 29-strong shortlist to become an official Government Housing Zone were the York Central Housing Zone and a scheme in Lancashire. The Government hopes the money will help councils clear up brownfield sites quicker which means they can then plough on building between 750 and 2,000 affordable homes per zone.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/budget-2015-gateshead-dream-housing-8873868

Further on this story from the Journal Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.thejournal.co.uk/business/business-news/budget-2015-no-promises-new-8875014
Budget 2015: Gateshead Council left in dark on 'Excemplar Nighbourhood' project
15:56, 19 March 2015 By Kate Proctor

A civic leader dreaming of transforming a town’s historic high street into a new housing haven is awaiting news of whether he will get funding from the 2015 budget.

Gateshead’s ‘Exemplar Neighbourhood’ project would convert more than 100 acres of brownfield site and former shops at the southern end of the town’s High Street into housing in a community model inspired by continental Europe. Yet there were no clues in George Osborne’s budget yesterday as to whether Gateshead Council would be given a share of £200m as part of the newly announced housing zones scheme to be rolled out by central government.

A spokesperson for Gateshead Council said they were still unaware if they had qualified for the money, which will eventually go towards 20 new housing zones across the country. No clues were given yesterday as to the final geographical areas of the government-backed schemes within the Chancellor’s speech but in January, Gateshead found it had made the shortlist. The only other proposals in the North who made the 29 strong shortlist were the York Central Housing Zone and a scheme in Lancashire.

The government hopes the money will help councils clear up brownfield sites quicker which means they can then plough on building between 750 and 2,000 affordable homes. However Gateshead Council said they knew that 20 sites across the country would eventually be authorised for a share of the money with a further eight subject to more development work.

With no phone call from the government yesterday however, the authority expects that they will be one of the eight where more work is needed before the final funds can be released.

Read more @ http://www.thejournal.co.uk/business/business-news/budget-2015-no-promises-new-8875014
 

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Planning Applications in for demolition of North East Innovation Centre and Baltic Business Centre, both Saltmeadows Road, Gateshead

These Planning Applications to Gateshead Council Planning Portal in week commencing 16/03/15 - both Pending

DC/15/00271/DEM

DETERMINATION OF PRIOR APPROVAL: Demolition of vacant office building.

North East Innovation Centre Saltmeadows Road Gateshead Tyne And Wear

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NLAYNPHKHVA00


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DC/15/00270/DEM

DETERMINATION OF PRIOR APPROVAL: Demolition of vacant office building.

Baltic Business Centre Saltmeadows Road Gateshead

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NLAYNFHKHV900


From the Planning Documents prepared by GVA Grimley Ltd:-

For the Baltic Business Centre

Site Description

It is proposed to demolish the vacant Baltic Business Centre which is located on Saltmeadows Road within the Saltmeadows Industrial Estate. The building is set over three floors, totalling circa 56,000 sq ft of floorspace. The property has been vacant since around January 2013.

The building is of a framed construction with cavity brick and glazed infill panelled walls. The floors are of concrete construction and the roofs are of concrete design with an asphalt covering. General furnishings can be found such as doors, door frames and studwork with glass partitioning and a mixture of floor coverings.
The site is located within Saltmeadows Industrial Estate which is situated approximately 1km to the east of Gateshead Town Centre, on the south shore of the Tyne River.
Whilst Saltmeadows Industrial Estate has some occupied premises, the wider area has 2 gva.co.uk been subject to regeneration in recent times with land to the west of the site being the chosen location for the £75m Gateshead College Baltic Campus.

Surrounding Area
The site is located within Saltmeadows Industrial Estate which is situated approximately 1km to the east of Gateshead Town Centre, on the south shore of the Tyne River. The wider area has been subject to regeneration in recent times being the chosen location for the £75m Gateshead College Baltic Campus.

The Need for Demolition and Description of Proposals
Langley Holdings PLC wishes to demolish the property at Saltmeadows as the property is of such a poor quality and has remained un-let for over two years. It would be unviable to refurbish the building to bring it back into a commercial office use.
A Demolition Method Statement has been prepared by GVA Grimley Ltd which forms part of the application package. The proposed demolition is anticipated to being on the 25 May 2015 and last approximately 6-10 weeks. The Site will be demolished to ground level leaving hardstanding until such time as the site may be redeveloped.


For the Innovation Centre

Site Description

It is proposed to demolish the vacant North East Innovation Centre which is located within the Saltmeadows Industrial Estate. The Centre sits at the entrance to the Trade Park development, it is a two storey property with office facilities on first floor and workshop area on ground floor, totalling circa 11,000 sq ft.
The property has been vacant since February 2012, it is in poor condition, and has suffered from break-ins over the last three years. The property also has no separate electricity supply and is unviable to the letting market.
The Innovation Centre is of a framed construction with cavity brick clad walls and a pitched profile metal sheet roof with mineral felt covering. Floors are of concrete and timber construction. General furnishings can be found such as doors, door frames and studwork with glass partitioning and a mixture of floor coverings.


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A Demolition Method Statement has been prepared by GVA Grimley Ltd which forms part of the application package. The proposed demolition is anticipated to begin on the 25 May 2015 and last approximately 6 weeks. The Site will be demolished to ground level leaving hardstanding until such time as the site may be redeveloped.

Photographs taken by myself Thursday 19/03/15 approx 0945 - 1000 to show the buildings in question

First a marked up by myself scanned copy of Google Maps image showing the 2 buildings and immediate surrounding area



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This is the first I've heard of Gateshead High Street becoming housing. Makes a lot of sense to me, as long as the council look to encourage existing landowners to bring sites forward and therefore keep the street's existing grain, instead of CPO'ing huge swathes of it and dropping huge, long blocks of flats on there. It needs a mix of types and forms.
 

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Gateshead Council long term proposals for central area housing

This is the first I've heard of Gateshead High Street becoming housing. Makes a lot of sense to me, as long as the council look to encourage existing landowners to bring sites forward and therefore keep the street's existing grain, instead of CPO'ing huge swathes of it and dropping huge, long blocks of flats on there. It needs a mix of types and forms.
See this from Gateshead Council website http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/DocumentLibrary/Building/regeneration/TownCentreStrategy.pdf

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http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Buildin...esheadLoveGateshead/JointVenture/Project.aspx which includes:-

Freight Depot and Sunderland Rd West (includes the Chandless Estate area) on http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Buildin...GroupB.aspx#DynamicJumpMenuManager_1_Anchor_1

See my post http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=122541469&postcount=36 of 19/03/15

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I'm still intrigued by the ambition to demolish the Gateshead flyover. Ultimately, the traffic from the Tyne Bridge needs to go somewhere and an ideal solution might have been to reroute everything in a loop to the east, although recent developments such as Gateshead College render this an impossibility. Therefore, beyond putting it in a tunnel, I struggle to see how it can be achieved as a ground level road would really be no better than the flyover, in fac probably even more congested.
 

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Budget 2015: Gateshead Council leader describes housing cash as 'a major step' forwards

Seems to be some confusion at Gateshead Council judging from yesterday's media reports - now the latest from the Council Leader in the Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/budget-2015-gateshead-council-leader-8885341
Budget 2015: Gateshead Council leader describes housing cash as 'a major step' forwards
14:21, 20 March 2015 By Kate Proctor


Cllr Mick Henry, Leader of Gateshead Council

A housing project could change the face of Gateshead after a Government cash injection that will eventually build up to 1000 homes.

Gateshead Council was a surprise winner in yesterday’s Budget announcement with getting a share of £200m to transform part of its High Street and a railway depot into a Government backed Housing Zone. Gateshead’s ‘Exemplar Neighbourhood’ project would convert more than 100 acres of brownfield site and former shops into a model community inspired by continental Europe.

However leader of the council Mick Henry has said that while he is delighted the council has won the cash, the project to redevelop the town centre will take more than 20 years to come to fruition with the first phase focusing on 350 homes. Leader of Gateshead Council, Mick Henry, said: “Securing Housing Zone status from Central Government is a major step towards creating a high quality housing development in the heart of Gateshead. Our plan is to create a whole new neighbourhood on over 100 acres of brownfield land, stretching from the Felling Bypass into central Gateshead; an urban village with great transport links and easy access to a host of facilities. It’s a key part of our regeneration plans for the whole of Gateshead.

“Housing Zone status should help us to secure funding to start on the first part of the project, the former railway depot site close to the Felling Bypass. We’ll be working with the Homes and Communities Agency, as well as our partners Galliford Try and Home Group, to secure investment to see 350 homes built on this site. The wider 20 year project also includes sites like the former Chandless Estate. It has the potential to totally transform the area, provide a boost to the local economy and deliver 1,000 much needed great quality homes for North East families. “

Despite there being no clues in George Osborne’s Budget speech yesterday as to whether Gateshead Council would be given a share of the cash, civic leaders got a phone call late last night to inform them they had been successful.

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/budget-2015-gateshead-council-leader-8885341
 

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Very pleased with this news. The provisional plans for high street, chandless and freight depot are very imaginative. This will also help the upper high st shopping area in time. Early days but welcome progress
 

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Very pleased with this news. The provisional plans for high street, chandless and freight depot are very imaginative. This will also help the upper high st shopping area in time. Early days but welcome progress
I agree and I hope it happens. Not like the old Gateshead Colleage site, where Grainger promised us something truly awesome and then sold out to Miller who're giving us more bland boxes.
 

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Newcastle College Rail Academy Full officially opens in Gateshead

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/newcastle-college-rail-academy-full-8927179
Newcastle College Rail Academy Full officially opens in Gateshead
18:30, 26 March 2015 By Lisa Hutchinson


Head of Newcastle College Rail Academy Marc McPake pictured with Rail Engineering students at today's official opening

With a region steeped in rail history, the North East has now become the first in the country to open a state-of-the-art Rail Academy to produce budding engineers of the future.

Following a £5m investment it has now officially opened its doors and students said they were on the right track to succeed in their chosen careers.

Newcastle College’s Rail Academy, situated just off Felling Bypass in Gateshead, has the smell of oil of an old-fashioned rail shed but the technology of the 21st Century. It opened in September and has been allowing students to get to grips with track systems and overhead cables to the intricacies of electronics. It boasts six teaching rooms, a mechanical workshop, an electronics hive and a signalling and telecommunications workshop. External and internal rail tracks give the students real-life experience of day-to-day working.

On Thursday students, staff and guest speakers got together to celebrate the unique regional hub for training and development for railway engineering. And it received support from the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, who provided a specially recorded message to mark the official opening. Mr Cable said: “The Rail Academy is an important initiative that will support the Government’s investment in the future of the UK’s rail infrastructure. Developing specialist training and skills is vital in creating the next generation of rail engineers and will provide opportunities for thousands of young people to develop careers in this growth sector. I would like to congratulate Newcastle college on this outstanding facility and wish all of the students every success in the future.”

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Arches 2-9 Brandling Street, Gateshead - Change of use and minor exterior works to Railway Arches - to be called Hymers Court, as at 27/03/15

First mentioned by Dazza1303 in his post #1111 of 23/06/13, followed up by other posts in days after that and also covered in another Dazza1303 post #1502 with his comment "My understanding is that work is due to start very soon on the full refurbishment of the railway Arches at Brandling Street" and posts # 1540, 1551, 1561, 1587, 1628, 1655, 1668, 1687, 1688, 1699, 1727, 1763, 1781, 1793, 1809 (by myself), post #1810 on 02/11/14 and last in post 1841 on 07/12/14

The scheme from Gateshead Planning Portal:-

DC/13/00293/FUL

Change of use and minor exterior works to Railway Arches 2-9, Brandling Street Gateshead

Arches 2-9 Brandling Street Gateshead NE8 2BA

Application received - Mon 11 Mar 2013

Status - Granted

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MJCIZQHK3Y000

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http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NBBOI2HKFXG00


3 months on and on Friday 27/03/15 approx 1145 took some further pictures to show state of the what now looks to be completed works, some "occupied"











Unit 8 occupied by Albany Contract Furniture (but To Let signs still in place)









Albany main premises the other side of the arrches on Brandling St



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Site Of Jet Service Station, Stoneygate Lane, Felling, Drive-thru restaurant with associated parking services and landscaping - pictures of site 28/03/15

On Gateshead Council planning portal 11/07/14

DC/14/00704/FUL

Drive-thru restaurant (use class A3 and A5) with associated parking services and landscaping.

Site Of Jet Service Station Stoneygate Lane Felling NE10 0RF

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=N7H07RHK09O00


Location just to west of Heworth Roundabout/Metro Station, south side of A184 Felling By Pass

Initially covered on #1677 and then post #1717 on 20/08/14 I commented that permission had been "Granted", on Wednesday 14/01/15, when passing, noted some mesh security panels had been placed - my pictures in post #1867

On on a wet and windy Saturday 28/03/15 approx 1000 took the following pictures showing works now being carried out by Oakstone Developments Ltd for KFC - steel frame erected









On the Gateshead Planning Portal a few days ago - from documentation, attempt to speed up the construction process

DC/15/00183/FUL

VARIATION OF CONDITION 10 (construction control) of DC/14/00704/FUL to allow for quieter construction trades to operate at any time and to extend working hours and deliveries up to 18:00hrs Monday to Saturday

Site Of Jet Service Station Stoneygate Lane Felling NE10 0RF

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NK8881HKHNV00

Status - Withdrawn


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Northumbrian Water work on sustainable urban drainage solution to Sunderland Rd & Shelley Drive, Gateshead, 28/03/15

Follow up to previous posts 1794, 1795, 1798, 1812, 1818, 1853, 1892-1893 and my last post #1934 - 1935 of 15/03/15

2 weeks on and some further pictures taken on a wet and windy Saturday 28/03/15 at Approx 1015 concerning this main drainage scheme

Excavation works and sewer pipework look to be complete in carriageway of Sunderland Rd and on Shelley Drive (apart from permanent road reinstatement) but still work being carried out adjacent to Gateshead Stadium metro station and in grassed area north side of Shelley Drive including what looks to be substantial installation near junction with Chaucer Close.















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16 houses at Avon Street, Deckham element of 2,400 new dwellings being built by Gateshead Regeneration Partnership, pictures 28/03/15

Following on from my posts #1620, 1630, 1662, 1682, 1693, 1703, 1729, 1747, 1772, 1789, 1815, 1831, 1851, 1886 and last 1901 of 01/03/15 about works to Avon Street, Deckham

Relates to this "Granted" project on Gateshead Planning Portal

DC/13/00393/FUL

Erection of 16 dwellinghouses (2 x semi-detached and 14 x terraced) (use class C3).

Avon Street Gateshead

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MKO4UVHK3Y000


On Saturday 28/03/15 approx 1730 took these pictures showing that properties well progressed/nearing completion with siteworks now carried out

Unfortunately due to layout of surrounding properties only the front elevation view from Avon St is possible















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Mount Pleasant Social Club, 69 - 71 Cromwell Street, Gateshead - Demolition of existing social club and erection of 12 new affordable family houses, 28/03/15

This on Gateshead Planning Portal 04/11/13 as Granted:-

DC/13/01028/FUL

Demolition of existing social club and erection of 12 new affordable family houses for registered social landlord (6 semi-detached and 6 terraced) (amended 04/10/13).

Mount Pleasant Social Club, 69 - 71 Cromwell Street Gateshead NE8 3RT

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MRMAG4HK3Y000


This scheme previously covered on this thread in posts #1353, 1567, 1593, 1605, 1606, 1612, 1631, 1643, 1657, 1684, 1691, 1702, 1728, 1774, 1791, 1801, 1814, 1830, 1852,1885 and lastly post # 1910 on 01/03/15

On Saturday 28/03/15 approx 1745 took the following pictures to show the site area on Cromwell St, at junction with Ellison Villas, with works now looking to be complete judging by number of parked cars













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Site Of Social Club, 6 Elysium Lane, Gateshead, Erection of 12 x three storey dwelling houses, situation 29/03/15

Following up on previous posts # 1142, 1211, 1212 - 1215, 1714, 1723, 1785, 1820, 1840, 1861, 1875, 1881, 1897, 1919 and last # 1926 on 15/03/15

On Gateshead Planning Portal 28/08/13 as "Granted"

DC/13/00812/FUL

Erection of twelve x three storey dwelling houses including parking and landscaping (amended 25/07/13 and 20/08/13 and additional info received 16/08/13).

Site Of Social Club 6 Elysium Lane Gateshead

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MPASVGHK3Y000


On Sunday 29/03/15 approx 1045 took these further pictures to show state of the works to the properties solely for the Jewish Community - hence the single storey succahs to rear elevations (with opening "rooflight")





















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The Interchange Centre, Gateshead, Alterations to front and rear elevations and new signs on West St elevation - Planning Granted

From Gateshead Planning Portal week commencing 30/03/15

DC/15/00181/ADV

Display of internally illuminated fascia sign (1125 x 12956 x 100mm) reading 'Gateshead Interchange, Bus, Metro, Shops' on West Street.

The Interchange Centre Gateshead

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...iveTab=externalDocuments&keyVal=NK8489HK08J00


These screen prints of 2 of the Astley drawings in the "Planning Documents" showing proposed and existing





Associated with this scheme from previous week list

DC/15/00089/FUL

Alterations to front and rear elevations including installation of three new sets of automatic sliding doors, including removal of existing canopy, associated works to floor and drainage provision/servicing.

The Interchange Centre Gateshead Gateshead NE8 1BH

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NIXXMBHKHES00


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2A Bewick Road, Gateshead, Change of use from social club to dwelling (use class C3) - Planning Approval

Looking on Gateshead Council Planning Register and came across this one on page 2 of the 5 December 2011 decisions list:-

DC/11/00636/FUL

Erection of 4-storey building to provide 20 bed respite care home (use class C2) (amended 14/10/11 and 03/11/11). 2A Bewick Road Gateshead NE8 4DP

Approval Granted

Associated information:-

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...iveTab=externalDocuments&keyVal=LMF0PDHK08900

This is site of current "The Bombers" public house - formerly Gateshead Ex-Sevicemen's CIU Club always known locally as "The Bombers" at junction Bewick Rd/High West Street (one way Link road) just north of Swallow (former Five Bridges) Hotel

Very local to me so lots of photographs as and when it commences

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The above is post #441 of 08/12/11 headed "20 bed respite care home at 2A Bewick Rd, Gateshead - Planning Approval"

Pictures of the building at that time (and still same at 08/04/15) can be seen on http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=86481112&postcount=444

On the Gateshead Planning Portal 08/04/15 this new scheme for the building:-

DC/15/00120/COU

Change of use from social club (use class D2) with ancillary managers flat to dwelling (use class C3) and function room (use class D2), erection of new boundary wall, new cladding and paint finish to exterior, installation of new succah roofs and rooflights.

2A Bewick Road Bensham Gateshead NE8 4DP

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NJJRN7HKHIT00


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Bede House, Tynegate Office Precinct, Sunderland Rd - Planning Granted for Change of Use from Use Class B1 (office) to Use Class D1 non-residential institution (school)

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Tynegate Tryangle comprises three purpose built office buildings developed in the 1960’s known as Chad House, Aidan House and Bede House.

The other 2 blocks of the mid/late 1960's Greensitt & Barratt development

Bede House



Aiden House - nearest to Gateshead Highway aka The Flyover



Chad & Bede Houses ( 15/09/14 picture addition)



Bede & Aiden House (15/09/14 addition)



The Tynegate Triangle



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The abvove is cut down version of post #1742 with "Bede House" (the middle of the 3 blocks) text and pictures left

On Gateshead Planning Portal 08/04/15 as Granted:-

DC/15/00034/COU

Change of Use from Use Class B1 (office) to Use Class D1 non-residential institution (school)

Bede House Tynegate Precinct Sunderland Road Gateshead

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onli...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NI62S8HKH9B00


Within the Planning Documents there are plan drawings for all of the floors

From the Planning Statement within the Planning Documents

- it is for the Jewish Community

- to be no change to external fabric of the block

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I'm still intrigued by the ambition to demolish the Gateshead Flyover. Ultimately, the traffic from the Tyne Bridge needs to go somewhere and an ideal solution might have been to reroute everything in a loop to the east, although recent developments such as Gateshead College render this an impossibility. Therefore, beyond putting it in a tunnel, I struggle to see how it can be achieved as a ground level road would really be no better than the flyover, in fac probably even more congested.
The amusing fact about the Gateshead Flyover is that it technically flies over nothing. If it were demolished the road layout could simply be rebuilt on the existing footprint, with buildings abutting it and making it feel more like a boulevard, not unlike St. James Boulevard.

It would be more interesting perhaps to reroute the road underneath and use the flyover as a vertical park that links the new residential areas?

As a general point, am I missing something here? I can see any actual proposals for the High Street housing. Is there any? All I can find is the Railway goods yard proposals.
 
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