Ur­ban vil­lage will be­come ‘Ouse­burn of west New­cas­tle‘


The Chronicle - - News - By KATIE DICK­IN­SON Re­porter katie.dick­in­son@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @KatieJDick­in­son

PLANS for a £250m “ur­ban vil­lage” that de­vel­op­ers say could be­come “the Ouse­burn of west New­cas­tle” have gone on dis­play.

De­vel­oper Newby has re­vealed more de­tails about its pro­posed Quay­side West devel­op­ment on a derelict site next to the Metro Ra­dio Arena.

Plans for the for­mer Calders site on Skin­ner­burn Road in­clude up to 1,500 homes as well as a ho­tel, bars, restau­rants and green spa­ces.

The pro­pos­als, which Newby says would de­liver up to 575 per­ma­nent jobs, went on dis­play this week at a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion at the Crowne Plaza Ho­tel.

Ben Sykes, of ar­chi­tect Faulkner Browns, said: “The vi­sion is to cre­ate a res­i­den­tial area that’s more like Ouse­burn, where there’s some­thing to do, some­thing that’s got a sense of place and is not just about sleep­ing and go­ing to work.

“We think it can be to the west what Ouse­burn is to the east.”

Mr Sykes added: “The site is close to the city cen­tre. It’s not very well con­nected at the mo­ment but we be­lieve it can be.” The de­signs in­cluded: Up to 1,500 res­i­den­tial apart­ment units, in­clud­ing du­plex, maisonettes and town­houses;

Devel­op­ment across ap­prox­i­mately 15 blocks, up to 19 storeys high;

Up to 10,600 sq m of com­mer­cial floorspace, in­clud­ing stu­dios/ of­fices, ho­tel, shops, bars and restau­rants. There is also the po­ten­tial for com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture such as health cen­tres, den­tists, gym and creche to be ac­com­mo­dated;

And new east/west spine route and ve­hi­cle ac­cesses.

The open spa­ces in­clude a pub­lic park fac­ing the Dun­ston Staithes, a tree-lined res­i­den­tial boule­vard, a “cas­cade” of pub­lic squares, green spa­ces at the bases of build­ings and a ridge-top pedes­trian walk­way link­ing up the site.

The site has been di­vided into five “char­ac­ter ar­eas” – from a “mini des­ti­na­tion” fo­cus­ing on bars and restau­rants, high den­sity de­vel­op­ments of town­houses, and a more “tran­quil, neigh­bour­hood feel” vil­lage.

Among mem­bers of the pub­lic who at­tended the ex­hi­bi­tion was Es­ther Sala­man, who said: “I pass the site on the bus over Red­heugh Bridge reg­u­larly and won­der what’s go­ing to hap­pen to it.

“In prin­ci­ple I think it’s a great idea that there will be hous­ing there as long as it’s af­ford­able and a mix­ture of rented and shared own­er­ship.

“With it hav­ing green spa­ces as well, I think it could be quite vi­brant.”

Denise Spear­man said: “I think it’s an in­ter­est­ing devel­op­ment and it’s good to see the plan for this site mov­ing be­cause the rest of the city is pretty much de­vel­oped. “The de­signs look great.” Up un­til 2002, the Calders site was in in­dus­trial use. Since then it has stood empty, de­spite hav­ing ben­e­fited from plan­ning ap­proval for mixed use devel­op­ment, in­clud­ing res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties.

Most re­cently, in 2009 Bell­way Homes re­ceived plan­ning ap­proval for 528 new homes across 12 large blocks.

De­vel­op­ers hope to have the first res­i­dents on site by 2021.

How the Quay­side West devel­op­ment in New­cas­tle will look

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