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1,800 Scotswood homes finally given go-ahead
by Adrian Pearson, Evening Chronicle, March 26th 2010



Years of delays will finally end as nearly £20m is handed over to kickstart work on a massive rebuilding programme in Newcastle’s West End. The City Council has promised to find a further £20m to match the Government money and start preparing the ground for 1,800 homes. Next month diggers will start tearing up land left unused since plans were first revealed a decade ago.

The long-awaited transformation is expected to create around 400 construction work jobs. Housing quango bosses at the Homes and Communities Agency have okayed £9.8m for the work, and it is expected that today board members at Bridging Newcastle Gateshead will approve another £9m for Scotswood.

Over the next 18 months the ground will be prepared and sewage facilities and other infrastructure put in place.

Bill Shepherd, the council’s executive member for regeneration and housing, said it was great news. “This is a huge step forward for the regeneration of the West End of the city. It has been much heralded and we are delighted that we are, along with our partners, now able to kickstart the major regeneration work and I hope over the next few years people will see for themselves the real progress being made."

Council bosses have already signed a contract with a firm to start the basic development.


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I really don't understand... Well over a year ago the council had cut the competition down to three big developers who were all bidding to be the main developer. They all submitted proposals, each of which came with a slightly differing masterplan.

Now however we're still no closer to one of those developers (and their attached masterplan) being chosen, yet the council is putting in the drainage infrastructure (which usually dictates the road layout and therefore the masterplan).

So has a developer been picked or not?
 

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Aydon Cordor, 61, who has lived in Shafto Street for three years, looks directly on to the bit of wasteland. He said: “I love the view from my front window. If they build stuff on there it will just spoil my view and the look of the area.”

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I understand procurement is well advanced on Scotswood and that the funding agreement was a necessary prerequisite to appointing a developer.
 

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£10m work starts on revamp of city suburb
Apr 16 2010 by John Hill, The Journal


CONTRACTOR Galliford Try has started work on the redevelopment of Scotswood in Newcastle.

The construction and housebuilding company was appointed as lead contractor by Newcastle City Council in February, and was tasked with carrying out a £10m package of civil engineering works which will form phase one of the project.

Following a three-month Early Contractor Involvement period in which nature and value of works was determined, Galliford Try Infrastructure is now on site, beginning a process which will last 18 months.

The work will include drilling and grouting of worked coal seams, the construction of retaining walls, roads and drainage and major cut and fill evacuation.

Following the completion of this preparatory work, Newcastle City Council and its partners will press ahead with 1,800 homes, commercial space and community and retail facilities.

Plans for the site go back to 2000 when hundreds of homes were demolished to make way for a new scheme but nothing appeared in their place.

Galliford Try’s Partnerships sector, which specialises in social and affordable housing, has its northern base in Ponteland in Northumberland, but the infrastructure division that is carrying out this work is based in Warrington, Cheshire.
 

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By the sounds of things, the Expo itself (the small collection of innovative, architect designed housing) seems dead in the water. The redevelopment of Scotswood as a whole appears to be slowly moving ahead, from the sound of that article.

At the same time, it refers to "Newcastle City Council and its partners". NCC was meant to be picking their partners about a year ago, so what's happened there?!
 

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Work finally starts on Scotswood regeneration
Apr 23 2010 by Amy Hunt, Evening Chronicle



WORK has finally started on the long-awaited regeneration of a famous Tyneside neighbourhood.

Ten years after the vision for the Scotswood area of Newcastle was unveiled and whole streets were demolished, work to build houses has started.

Thanks to millions of pounds of Government cash, contractors will work to clear and level the land left bare after hundreds of homes were pulled down.

They also will put in underground pipes to pave the way for housebuilding to start.

Martin Walker, Newcastle City Council’s area director of regeneration for the West End, said: “This work demonstrates we are pressing ahead with the scheme.

“It has taken a long time to get to this point, and there have been a lot of issues. But now this is about putting things in place to build houses, rather than demolishing them.


REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/2010/04/23/work-finally-starts-on-scotswood-regeneration-72703-26302754/
 

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Council announcement sees Scotswood community dream move closer
May 22 2010 by Alastair Craig, Evening Chronicle


A DECADE after the bulldozers first moved in, some West Newcastle residents are today a step closer to their dream of a new community.

Following years of setbacks and delays, Newcastle City Council has finally announced the companies that will turn the rubble into a multi-million pound regeneration of Scotswood, in Newcastle’s West End.

Council chiefs have now appointed the Barratt Keepmoat Yuill (BKY) consortium as its private sector partner to help create the dream of a revitalised community.

BKY and the council will form a public private partnership for up to 15 years to deliver the area’s renaissance, bringing new homes, parks, shops and facilities to the 60 hectare site.


REST OF ARTICLE HERE - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/2010/05/22/council-announcement-sees-scotswood-community-dream-move-closer-72703-26499260/
 

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Work finally starts on Scotswood regeneration
Apr 23 2010 by Amy Hunt, Evening Chronicle



WORK has finally started on the long-awaited regeneration of a famous Tyneside neighbourhood.

Ten years after the vision for the Scotswood area of Newcastle was unveiled and whole streets were demolished, work to build houses has started.

Thanks to millions of pounds of Government cash, contractors will work to clear and level the land left bare after hundreds of homes were pulled down.

They also will put in underground pipes to pave the way for housebuilding to start.

Martin Walker, Newcastle City Council’s area director of regeneration for the West End, said: “This work demonstrates we are pressing ahead with the scheme.

“It has taken a long time to get to this point, and there have been a lot of issues. But now this is about putting things in place to build houses, rather than demolishing them.


REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-evening-chronicle/2010/04/23/work-finally-starts-on-scotswood-regeneration-72703-26302754/
Aha, so there is a plan to rebuild Scotswood afterall....
Interesting, I must find out more.

Shame its happening right now though. They're in a perfect position starting with a clean state to incorporate public transport from the start like what happens when building new neighbourhoods in Amsterdam,
 

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Scotswood revamp moves a step closer
by Kim Carmichael, Evening Chronicle, March 1st 2011


An artists impression of the development

DISAPPOINTMENT turned to hope as a much-delayed regeneration project came closer to fruition.

The Scotswood Urban Regeneration Vehicle was last night unveiled to residents as the public private partnership that will finally transform their neighbourhood.

The partnership is a joint venture between Newcastle City Council and developers Barratt, Keepmoat and Yuill (BKY).

The announcement comes 11 years after the demolition of Scotswood began.

It was celebrated with a launch at Scotswood’s Excelsior Academy, where community campaigners joined with regeneration chiefs to speak of their hopes for the revitalisation of the West End,

Alma Wheeler, chairwoman of the Scotswood Village Residents’ Association, said: “We’ve got this far and it’s taken 11 years with a lot of heartache and everything that goes with it.

“We want to put Scotswood back on the map. We have a wonderful place and we want to be able to hear people once again say ‘I’m proud to be living in Scotswood’.


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Hopes that Scotswood new homes plan will signal new era
by Andrew Glover, The Journal, July 6th 2011


DEVELOPERS hailed the largest regeneration scheme in the North East yesterday, as plans for 1,800 homes were unveiled.

The West End of Newcastle will be transformed in a £256m scheme which it is hoped will signal a new era for Scotswood.

A public private partnership between three builders and Newcastle City Council has come together to form the New Tyne West Development Company (NTWDC).

Barrett Homes, Yuill Homes and Keepmoat Homes will work with the council to build a range of apartments and houses for mortgage and rent with prices starting at around £110,000.

Funding from the Homes and Communities Agency’s FirstBuy scheme will support first-time buyers in their efforts to get on the housing ladder and money invested in local schools to entice families to relocate to the area.

People living in Scotswood and nearby Benwell welcomed the proposals that were unveiled yesterday after years of delays and false starts.

Hundreds of homes were demolished years ago but nothing was built to replace them.

Martin Walker, Newcastle City Council’s area programme director for the West of the city, said the building programme would bring jobs and apprenticeships to the area.

He added: “Looking ahead to the next 12 months, homes that people have been waiting for for a long time will start coming out of the ground.


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Below, is the more detailed Evening Chronicle take on the same news as ^^ in this mornings Journal . . .

£265m revamp plan for Scotswood unveiled
by Andrew Glover, Evening Chronicle, July 6th 2011


An aerial view of the site in the West End that the New Tyne West Development Company plans to build on

A NEW era for the West End of Newcastle has been unveiled as plans for nearly 2,000 new homes were revealed.

Up to £265m will be invested in the Scotswood area of Newcastle with work on a 60-hectare site set to begin next year.

Developers have pledged to bring jobs and apprenticeships to the area with help also being provided for first-time buyers.

A public private partnership between three builders and Newcastle City Council has come together to form the New Tyne West Development Company (NTWDC).

The long-awaited regeneration will see Barrett Homes, Yuill Homes and Keepmoat Homes work with the council to build 1,800 homes.

A mixture of houses for owner-occupiers and tenants will be built with mortgages expected to start at around £110,000.



Managing director of Yuill Homes Dave Mullins said he hoped the full planning application would be submitted at the end of the year with work starting next spring. He said: “It’s great to get to a stage where we can show people something that’s going to be developed that they have wanted for so long.

“We want to create a sense of place, something that’s got a sustainable future and create an area where people will aspire to live.

Representatives from the three builders and council chiefs hope a mix of people will move into the new homes. The properties will range from one and two-bedroomed apartments to four-bedroomed houses.

The majority of properties will be made available for purchase but an announcement on the availability of tenancies is expected to be made later this month.

Developers said yesterday that the regeneration would include a new direct road linking Benwell and Scotswood to Scotswood Road.

Newcastle City Council will also pump funding into the redevelopment of Benwell’s Hodgkin Park. A new sports area will be built and improvements made to trees while space will be created for new businesses.


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Good news for the West End which has suffered from terrible housing management for decades. Hope also that Hadrian's Way which is at the southern end of the site is included in the development and landscaped properly.
 

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Those houses look really good for what will essentially be suburban housing. Roof terraces and what looks like allotments at the back? Scotswood needs something unique to offer house buyers and that might be it.

I think Scotswood's being designed by idPartnership (I'm not sure), but if it is them the housing will be really good, they designed the Staithes and Amethyst Gardens(?) in South Shields.
 

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Below, is the more detailed Evening Chronicle take on the same news as ^^ in this mornings Journal . . .

£265m revamp plan for Scotswood unveiled
by Andrew Glover, Evening Chronicle, July 6th 2011


An aerial view of the site in the West End that the New Tyne West Development Company plans to build on

A NEW era for the West End of Newcastle has been unveiled as plans for nearly 2,000 new homes were revealed.

Up to £265m will be invested in the Scotswood area of Newcastle with work on a 60-hectare site set to begin next year.

Developers have pledged to bring jobs and apprenticeships to the area with help also being provided for first-time buyers.

A public private partnership between three builders and Newcastle City Council has come together to form the New Tyne West Development Company (NTWDC).

The long-awaited regeneration will see Barrett Homes, Yuill Homes and Keepmoat Homes work with the council to build 1,800 homes.

A mixture of houses for owner-occupiers and tenants will be built with mortgages expected to start at around £110,000.



Managing director of Yuill Homes Dave Mullins said he hoped the full planning application would be submitted at the end of the year with work starting next spring. He said: “It’s great to get to a stage where we can show people something that’s going to be developed that they have wanted for so long.

“We want to create a sense of place, something that’s got a sustainable future and create an area where people will aspire to live.

Representatives from the three builders and council chiefs hope a mix of people will move into the new homes. The properties will range from one and two-bedroomed apartments to four-bedroomed houses.

The majority of properties will be made available for purchase but an announcement on the availability of tenancies is expected to be made later this month.

Developers said yesterday that the regeneration would include a new direct road linking Benwell and Scotswood to Scotswood Road.

Newcastle City Council will also pump funding into the redevelopment of Benwell’s Hodgkin Park. A new sports area will be built and improvements made to trees while space will be created for new businesses.


Read More (Three Pages) - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2011/07/06/265m-revamp-plan-for-scotswood-unveiled-72703-29003623/#ixzz1RKmzkH2v
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I don't wish to be a cynic, (well really I do!), but how many times have we seen millions of public and private money poured into Scotswood, only for the same problems to reappear (if they ever went away) a few years down the line?

I often think Walker. St. Anthonys have much the same problems but I would much rather live there. No matter how much is spent on parts of the West end there still remains a significant number of locals where are happy to wreck the area they live in.
 

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The problem with Scotswood in it's last guise was (amongst other things) the fact that it was so low density. Having social housing at a very low density doesn't tend to work. Fewer people have cars in a less affluent area, so can't drive to the shops. The low density of population makes it hard for the community to support a number of local shops, so you end up with a neighbourhood with very little positive features to attract people to live there. Slowly those with a choice move out and the place becomes a sink estate (where only those without a choice end up).

The new Scotswood, by the sounds of it, will be much denser than the last one. You can also see that the design of the housing doesn't let people wander around the back of your home, which makes it safer. All in all, if the houses are taken up/sold, Scotswood should be more of a success this time.
 

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TBH I don't think other plans to rejuvenate Scotswood have been well planed or thought out, creating Driveways for all houses, when their is the lowest percentage of car owners in newcastle wasn't the best idea (or use of money!!)

I hope it will be hugely successful, It seems great effort has went in to it, (And time!!) just what the west end needs!!!
 

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I'm being honest here, I think the best solution would be a very high proportion of Owner Occupied Dwellings in this part of town. Whether it be the fact that the council screwed up in the 60's and 70's demolishing perfectly good terraces, to the billions spent on council housing with less than a 20 year lifespan.

With a high private owner occupied area, it would hopefully become this century's effort at a inner city suburb, which is really the only way this will be sucessful. It's obvious that Newcastle doesn't need more affordable homes, we've got a high proportion anyway and private would actually diversify this specific area from its current demographic.
 
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