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I'd certainly consider the possibility of living in one of the refurbished blocks. The duplex flats look really nice and the views from the higher floors will be incredible.

As for Tesco on West Road... if I see another planning application for that which isn't a substantial improvement (and by that I mean a proper mixture of uses, a good design, a smaller supermarket - I know not likely - and retention of the old building on the corner with Brighton Grove), then I am going to lend all the support I can to the inevitable local campaign to stop it being built.
unfortunately it seems that a new proposed store could be even bigger than the previous proposal. an independent inspection of the benwell-scotswood action plan removed the upper limit for the size of a potential store. :eek:hno:
 

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unfortunately it seems that a new proposed store could be even bigger than the previous proposal. an independent inspection of the benwell-scotswood action plan removed the upper limit for the size of a potential store. :eek:hno:
Yeah, I heard that as well. All the more reason to fight it even harder.
 

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Riverside Dene looks nice, but I still would not live there. Even if you have the nicest flat in the world, you have to feel safe walking around where you live and I just wouldnt in that area.

I had a distant relative who was put in that area by the council, someone tried to rape her (but only managed a sexual assault) the second day she was there, in the middle of the day just off a main road :eek:hno:
 

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Riverside Dene looks nice, but I still would not live there. Even if you have the nicest flat in the world, you have to feel safe walking around where you live and I just wouldnt in that area. I had a distant relative who was put in that area by the council, someone tried to rape her (but only managed a sexual assault) the second day she was there, in the middle of the day just off a main road :eek:hno:
As the old saying goes, you can't polish a turd but you can roll it in glitter!
 

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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.


Read More - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/nort...-homes-finally-given-go-ahead-72703-26116087/

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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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Chiefs pledge end to housing delays
Mar 27 2010 By Adrian Pearson, Evening Chronicle



CITY leaders today promised an end to housing delays in Scotswood.

But opposition councillors have called for an inquiry to find out why money left unused for years is only now being poured into the housing plans.

Newcastle Council has almost £20m from the Homes and Communities agency and housing group Bridging Newcastle Gateshead

They will also contribute another £20m in resources and investment as they spend the next 18 months getting the derelict ground ready.

Then work will start on building 1,800 houses, with a developer set to be picked within weeks.

The move means success for residents who have spent years waiting for regeneration cash to pour in.

Lib Dem Newcastle council leader John Shipley said: "The money we have been given from our partners is a massive vote of confidence and I’m delighted we can start work on the infrastructure."

But today Labour group leader Nick Forbes said he would be writing to the Government to ask why city bosses delayed investment.

He claims £9.8m from Bridging Newcastle Gateshead was partly funded by the group pulling out of plans to build a Science HQ on the former Tyne brewery site.

In 2005 the housing group handed over cash to the council for the city centre site, which has yet to have any homes built on it.

Mr Forbes said the recent decision to take the money out of Science Central and hand it over to Scotswood "could have happened years ago".

He added: "In effect we’ve allowed public money to be used for nothing more than property speculation for years.

"They must surely see that they could have done this years ago.

"Which leads me to ask just how accountable are these people who have just sat on this money when they could have made a real difference years back?"

Jim Coulter, chair of Bridging Newcastle Gateshead, said he was proud his agency was supporting Scotswood.

He said: "This is a very significant step towards reviving this neighbourhood.

"I do think when people see the work that will soon start happening they will agree with us that everything is on board and we will soon have houses in place.

"The big problem over the last two years has been the recession but now, with the £5m we recycled from the Science City development and other funds we are able to move onwards.

"We moved the money because this is a more important project.

"Science Central has great potential but this is our chance to make a bigger difference in a shorter time period and we can now invest to prepare during the critical two years to come."

Sir Bob Kerslake, chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, said there would be further support to come.

"Terrific things have happened in Newcastle, and we know this is a project which has taken a little longer to get off the ground.

"Everyone knows that but this is a very important site that we can all see the potential of.

"We think now with the private sector coming on board we will see real movement.

"We will continue to stay and give support and where there’s new affordable housing we would continue to be involved as an agency anyway."

That backing should mean the chance of extra cash as the project develops

We want work done properly

LET’S get the job done.

That was the message from Scotswood as city bosses celebrate their £20m housing handout.

Alma Wheeler, chair of the Scotswood Village Residents’ Association, said families in the West End would be looking to make sure developers did not change the agreed masterplan for the neighbourhood.

She said: "We’re obviously happy that the money is here but we will be keeping a close eye to make sure any developers that come onboard do not try and turn things around.

"It’s too late now for someone to come in and move the goal posts. And if they think they can then they should be told that we don’t think today’s money is the end.

"If anything it is the start of the battle to make sure they spend it properly.

"We have worked so hard for this and would hate to see it all change now.

"No one should be thinking they can just rest on their laurels, because we will all be keeping watch to make sure we get the homes we all agreed on.

"We’ve been down this road before and we certainly won’t allow any more slip ups."
 

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So I guess Science City is on hold long-term then?

I'll be really interested to see what is planned for Scotswood and what is eventually built, it's been nearly ten years now. Still, it's a huge area of land so they could do something genuinely exciting.
 

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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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Got this from the online version - no images that i could find

£6.5m building to be built on old city fire station site
Mar 29 2010 by Sara Nichol, Evening Chronicle

THIS is the first picture of a new £6.5m building to be built on the site of an old city fire station.

Demolition of the former West Road building in Newcastle will begin early next month to make way for The Beacon – a landmark project set to open in autumn 2011.

And an artist’s impression of how the redevelopment will look, including start-up units for small businesses, room for functions, conferences and training, a café and an exhibition space for artists, has now been drawn up.

It is hoped the building will encourage budding entrepreneurs to start up businesses in what is one of the region’s most deprived areas.

The enterprise complex is being developed and managed by Centre West (formerly New Deal for Communities) and Groundwork (South Tyneside and Newcastle) and is supported by Newcastle City Council.

They have had a helping hand in the form of a £2.4m grant from the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013 through One North East to support small business activity.

The fire station has been closed since 2005 and plans for the new development were given the green light last month.

Brian Hannah, chair of Centre West, said: “The regeneration of the fire station site will allow us to do more for the community, the economy and environment, while adding a stunning landmark building to a long-vacated site.

“Our aim is to create more jobs, attract more people to the area and show the world that the West End is open for business. More than 700 local people helped us to shape our plans, so it’s a true community building.”

The Beacon will aim for high environmental standards to emulate Groundwork’s award-winning Eco-Centre in South Tyneside.

“The Beacon is yet another example of how a green approach to regeneration can really work – and in the heart of the city too,” said Mark Charlton, chair of groundwork.

Plans for the fire station were drawn up by New Deal for Communities, which has since changed its name to Centre West, and environmental charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle.

The City Council acquired the site about three years ago, in return for the Fire Service using council land at Colby Court, Rye Hill, for a new fire station.

It was sold to New Deal and Groundwork for £550,000, with £177,000 going to the Fire Service, due to the fact the Colby Court site was worth less than the West Road site.

Newcastle Council Leader John Shipley added: “I’d like to congratulate and thank the partnership behind The Beacon for all their hard work.”
 

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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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