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This application is for the former Shieldfield Board School. The school was there from 1894 till 1937 and subsequently used for a variety of uses including as Uptin Motors which at one time had a huge sign on the outside of the building. Also used by Pauline Murray's Polestar Rehearsal Studio's.

2016/0930/01/DET | Erection of a 5 storey student accommodation block incorporating 19 no. cluster flats and 109 no. studios (Class C3/C4) with associated cycle / bin storage and landscaping following demolition of existing commercial building | Uptin House Stepney Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1TZ
Reference 2016/0930/01/DET
Alternative Reference PP-05118657
Application Received Thu 26 May 2016
Application Validated Tue 28 Jun 2016
Address Uptin House Stepney Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1TZ
Proposal Erection of a 5 storey student accommodation block incorporating 19 no. cluster flats and 109 no. studios (Class C3/C4) with associated cycle / bin storage and landscaping following demolition of existing commercial building
Status Registered
https://publicaccessapplications.newcastle.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=O7SHQNBSHS800

This proposed development is of course next to Adderstone's Stepney Yard student accommodation building.

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Fears Ouseburn Valley will be left 'soulless' due to influx of students

This application is for the former Shieldfield Board School. The school was there from 1894 till 1937 and subsequently used for a variety of uses including as Uptin Motors which at one time had a huge sign on the outside of the building. Also used by Pauline Murray's Polestar Rehearsal Studio's.

2016/0930/01/DET | Erection of a 5 storey student accommodation block incorporating 19 no. cluster flats and 109 no. studios (Class C3/C4) with associated cycle / bin storage and landscaping following demolition of existing commercial building | Uptin House Stepney Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1TZ
Reference 2016/0930/01/DET
Alternative Reference PP-05118657
Application Received Thu 26 May 2016
Application Validated Tue 28 Jun 2016
Address Uptin House Stepney Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1TZ
Proposal Erection of a 5 storey student accommodation block incorporating 19 no. cluster flats and 109 no. studios (Class C3/C4) with associated cycle / bin storage and landscaping following demolition of existing commercial building
Status Registered
https://publicaccessapplications.newcastle.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=O7SHQNBSHS800

This proposed development is of course next to Adderstone's Stepney Yard student accommodation building.

Render courtesy of Adderstone Group and from the Design & Access Statement:




My image:

Images hosted on www.steve-ellwood.org.uk
Courtesy of today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/fears-ouseburn-valley-left-soulless-11674961
Fears Ouseburn Valley will be left 'soulless' due to influx of students
28 Jul 2016 By Katie Dickinson

Plans to demolish an Ouseburn community hub to make way for student flats have come under fire from local businesses who say it will leave the valley “soulless and without character”.

Newcastle developers Adderstone Group want to flatten Uptin House and create a six-storey student accommodation scheme they say could generate more than £4m a year for the local economy. The company says the building on Stepney Road, which houses a number of small businesses, is “outdated” and “no longer economically viable”.

But campaigners claim Uptin House is a key part of the area’s history and losing it “would leave a great gaping hole in the Ouseburn Valley”.

Ouseburn Futures member Kathryn Hodgkinson, who runs Ernest cafe, said the recent “heavy influx” of student developments was “squeezing out any diversity in the community”. She said: “Students are important but if you become too heavily orientated towards one demographic then others start to feel excluded. It’s also affecting the physical character of the area – Uptin House is one of the last buildings of character and historical note up this end of the valley. Cultural quarters are really important for keeping graduates in our city and attracting new businesses.”

A petition started by Fitness Training Consortium, which is based at Uptin House, has attracted more than 2,000 signatures in less than a week from people calling for the building to be saved. The petition states: “Student accommodation in the Ouseburn valley is already past saturation point. It would also lead to a huge loss of community activity in the north of the valley. The Tower and Northwing have been instrumental in bringing communities together. This includes the promotion of local artists and musicians, fundraising events for many local causes and creates a hub of informal social entrepreneurial activity.” One commenter said: “Demolition of buildings of character will leave the Ouseburn valley soulless and without character - the very reasons it has become popular.”

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/fears-ouseburn-valley-left-soulless-11674961
 

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Uptin House, Stepney Road

This application is for the former Shieldfield Board School. The school was there from 1894 till 1937 and subsequently used for a variety of uses including as Uptin Motors which at one time had a huge sign on the outside of the building. Also used by Pauline Murray's Polestar Rehearsal Studio's.

2016/0930/01/DET | Erection of a 5 storey student accommodation block incorporating 19 no. cluster flats and 109 no. studios (Class C3/C4) with associated cycle / bin storage and landscaping following demolition of existing commercial building | Uptin House Stepney Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1TZ
Reference 2016/0930/01/DET
Alternative Reference PP-05118657
Application Received Thu 26 May 2016
Application Validated Tue 28 Jun 2016
Address Uptin House Stepney Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1TZ
Proposal Erection of a 5 storey student accommodation block incorporating 19 no. cluster flats and 109 no. studios (Class C3/C4) with associated cycle / bin storage and landscaping following demolition of existing commercial building
Status Registered
https://publicaccessapplications.newcastle.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=O7SHQNBSHS800

This proposed development is of course next to Adderstone's Stepney Yard student accommodation building.

Render courtesy of Adderstone Group and from the Design & Access Statement:




My image:

Images hosted on www.steve-ellwood.org.uk
Due to be considered at the Planning Committee Meeting on 1st November 2016 following their site visit, 25 August 2016.

73 objections to the proposal and 20 of support. In addition there was an online petition which achieved 2680 signatures against the proposal.

The Northumberland and Newcastle Society disagrees with the applicants assessment of the heritage significance of Uptin House and comments that the area is in danger of monoculture of student accommodation which is likely to remain largely empty and lifeless out of term times. Retaining the site as a business will retain the mixed character of the area. They support refusal of the proposal as the building preserves some of the history of the area.

However the City Planning Officer is recommending a conditional grant pending an agreed S106.
 

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73 objections to the proposal and 20 of support. In addition there was an online petition which achieved 2680 signatures against the proposal.

The Northumberland and Newcastle Society disagrees with the applicants assessment of the heritage significance of Uptin House and comments that the area is in danger of monoculture of student accommodation which is likely to remain largely empty and lifeless out of term times. Retaining the site as a business will retain the mixed character of the area. They support refusal of the proposal as the building preserves some of the history of the area.
No offence, but the Northumberland and Newcastle Society are primarily a group to speak out against bad buildings and protect the urban/rural environment (something they basically tag onto the end of their assessment as an afterthought), not to assess the monoculture of the area. That is the planning officer and committees job.

I feel that the Evening Chronicles Facebook page is the reason for the majority of those 'objections'; and I may be generalising, but most probably don't have a clue where this building is and even then, if not student accommodation will probably be demolished in a few year anyways (wouldn't need permission, bar notice).
 

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Uptin House, Stepney Road

This application is for the former Shieldfield Board School. The school was there from 1894 till 1937 and subsequently used for a variety of uses including as Uptin Motors which at one time had a huge sign on the outside of the building. Also used by Pauline Murray's Polestar Rehearsal Studio's.

2016/0930/01/DET | Erection of a 5 storey student accommodation block incorporating 19 no. cluster flats and 109 no. studios (Class C3/C4) with associated cycle / bin storage and landscaping following demolition of existing commercial building | Uptin House Stepney Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1TZ
Reference 2016/0930/01/DET
Alternative Reference PP-05118657
Application Received Thu 26 May 2016
Application Validated Tue 28 Jun 2016
Address Uptin House Stepney Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1TZ
Proposal Erection of a 5 storey student accommodation block incorporating 19 no. cluster flats and 109 no. studios (Class C3/C4) with associated cycle / bin storage and landscaping following demolition of existing commercial building
Status Registered
https://publicaccessapplications.newcastle.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=O7SHQNBSHS800

This proposed development is of course next to Adderstone's Stepney Yard student accommodation building.

Render courtesy of Adderstone Group and from the Design & Access Statement:




My image:

Images hosted on www.steve-ellwood.org.uk
From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/campaigners-devastated-after-controversial-uptin-12113546
Campaigners 'devastated' after controversial Uptin House plans approved
By Katie Dickinson 2nd November 2016



Controversial plans to demolish an historic building in Ouseburn to make way for student flats have been approved.

Newcastle City Council’s planning committee has given the green light to proposals for a six-storey student accommodation scheme on the site of Uptin House, currently used as a community hub.

Developers Adderstone Group argued the building, on Stepney Road, is “no longer economically viable” and the plans could generate more than £4m a year for the local economy. And on Tuesday the city’s planning committee said the scheme will go ahead despite objections from local businesses.

Councillor Stephen Powers, who represents the Ouseburn ward, said campaigners were “absolutely devastated” by the decision. He added: “We feel the committee have shown a complete disregard for the strong community feeling against this development. More than 2,400 people have signed an online petition opposing it. Seventeen businesses will be displaced and there is nowhere for them to go - all the other potential suitable accommodation has a waiting list.”

Ouseburn Futures member Kathryn Hodgkinson, who runs Ernest cafe, said the development would “threaten the character of the area”. The people who come to Ouseburn come because it’s diverse, quirky, independent and architecturally interesting. They’re not going to keep coming when we have rows and rows of identikit student properties.” Ms Hodgkinson also expressed fears that an increase in student accommodation would lead to more noise complaints and threaten the venue’s live music licence. She said: “We are already receiving noise complaints from a nearby student development. Live music has become a really vital part of our offering and our 2am licence is critical to our economic viability.”

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/campaigners-devastated-after-controversial-uptin-12113546


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Decision Issued Date Fri 11 Nov 2016
 

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As this new Uptin House Student Accommodation building now has Planning Approval, a new thread has been set up here, to cover it.

All pre-existing posts on the general Student Accommodation Thread, have been copied into here.

Can all future discussions about this project take place on this thread please.
 

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Soulless Student Accommodation Is Ruining Newcastle

Interesting article in Vice @ https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/newcastle-student-blocks-ruining-ouseburn-gentrification-soulless
Soulless Student Accommodation Is Ruining Newcastle
Tom Nicholson

Stefano Congiu seems pretty relaxed for a guy who knows his café is going to be flattened. "It's done now," he says, resting a knee on the arm of a knackered chesterfield sofa and shaking his short ponytail with a pained smile. "It's a shame, a shame."

His Tower Café in Ouseburn, Newcastle is a pleasant jumble: the burnt orange and a slightly queasy purple walls, plus one violently lemon patch by the door, are covered in an esoteric collection of artworks. In the yard, an industrial-sized bobbin doubles as a table. While we chat a stringy 20-something with glasses and an enormous Roy Wood beard wanders in. He's a T-shirt printer, one of the 18 or so independent business owners based here.

Well, for the time being at least. In five years time it'll be a five-storey student block, next door to a four-storey student block, and about 50 metres from two more enormous, blank, bloodless, dour blocks. There are more being built across the road in Shieldfield. There are more at the top of Stepney Bank. There are more everywhere in the city: 34 went up between 2010 and the end of 2015. At the start of the year there were 24 more at various stages of planning. Ouseburn, close to both universities and full of brownfield land, is hot property.

In November the council planning committee gave developers the Adderstone Group the go-ahead to knock down the former schoolhouse the Tower Cafe is in, Uptin House, and replace it with a five-storey block of student flats. Up to this point, the anxiety over the pace and planning of student blocks on brownfield sites had been quietly simmering: now that an existing building full of the arty types who made Ouseburn a cool place is being razed, it's starting to boil.

Kate Hodgkinson is at the vanguard of the campaign to save Uptin House. She's an artist who runs Ernest, a café and bar in the centre of the new developments, and Cobalt, a complex of DIY artists' workshops around the corner which faces Adderstone's offices across the street. She's helped organise the campaigners' crowdfunding for legal advice, their petitions and a vigorous campaign on the council's planning portal – of 231 public comments on the plans, 211 are objections. With the coming flats at Uptin House to its rear, Ernest will be flanked by six blocks. "We feel very, very vulnerable. We are literally an island now," she says.

Read more @ https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/newcastle-student-blocks-ruining-ouseburn-gentrification-soulless
 
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