While Newcastle has seen a sharp increase in the development of student housing, a new £7.5m multi-storey residential scheme of fifty flats is set to appear in Ouseburn, aimed at first-time buyers and families.
The aim of developers is to regenerate a site which overlooks the River Tyne in Ouseburn. The idea is for a block of flats to be situated on derelict land off St Lawrence Road.
McLundie Geddes Architects plans include a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom apartments alongside on-site parking beneath the building.
First-time buyers and families will be attracted by greater choice on offer, according to the architects and the planning consultancy behind the new scheme, acting for the developer A&A Properties LLP. Beyond this, the local shops and amenities are set to be within easy reach of this “accessible and quality” accommodation.
Another appealing aspect of the project comes in the form of employment, with the planning statement proposing that approximately 155 construction jobs could be generated, alongside further stimulation of the local industry via the supply chains sector.
This is all pending on the approval of the plans later on this year, but the applicant seems confident. The firm’s managing director Sean Hedley welcomes the planning submission, stating that the redevelopment “will unquestionably make a meaningful and significant contribution to the local and wider economy, both during the construction and long after families have moved in.”
The statement goes on to posit that the design “responds positively to nearby national designated historic assets” before concluding assuredly, affirming that “the applicant has demonstrated that the site is suitable for development and that no significant harm would arise from the proposal. Therefore, in line with the presumption in favour of sustainable development and should be approved without delay.”
Hedley echoed this, stating that the project will “leave a long-lasting legacy, contributing significantly to an important part of Newcastle.”