Plans approved for 582 homes on former green belt site in Gateshead

Plans have been approved for 582 homes on a former green belt site on the edge of Gateshead, after planners advised that the scheme would be 'consistent with the allocation of the site'.

Whickham Highway, Gateshead (pic: Trevor Littlewood via Geograph)
Whickham Highway, Gateshead (pic: Trevor Littlewood via Geograph)

Gateshead Council in Tyne and Wear approved a hybrid application for the scheme, earmarked for a 24-hectare site between Dunston, Gateshead, and the nearby town of Whickham, at a planning committee meeting yesterday.

The application sought detailed consent for for 352 homes, along with of 32 hectares of ecological habitat creation, a new park-and-ride facility and associated open spaces, drainage and highways infrastructure. The outline element was for the additional 230 homes.

According to a planning report, which recommended approval, the site is allocated for residential development under the Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan for Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne 2010 - 2030 (CSUCP), having been deleted from the green belt.

"As is demonstrated by the allocation of the site for development within the core strategy the site is considered to be a sustainable location for development", the report said.

Planners said that "the benefits of the proposals are the provision of housing development on a strategic scale; provision of the park-and-ride facility; potential for safe pedestrian access to the existing urban area; a number of services and facilities, including schools, recreation opportunities, retail centres and a supermarket within walking distance".

The scheme would provide 15 per cent affordable housing, the report added, as required for such developments in local planning policy.

Planners advised that the scheme" integrates with the surroundings linking to the centre of Whickham" and the "design is sympathetic to the site constraints and character of the area".

"The proposed development will make a significant contribution to the local economy in providing a range of jobs and training opportunities both during the construction phase of development and longer term through indirect job creation through an uplift in local expenditure generated by new residents", the report concluded.

Earlier this month, plans were approved for a 1,500-home garden village near Seaham in Durham.

In September, plans were submitted for a 1,500-home mixed-use development on an eight hectare brownfield site on the banks of the river Tyne in Newcastle.

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