Ex-po­lice sta­tion could be turned into an apartho­tel


The Chronicle - - News - By DANIEL HOLLAND Lo­cal democ­racy re­porter [email protected]­plc.com

VIS­I­TORS to the North East could soon be pay­ing for the priv­i­lege of stay­ing the night at a Gateshead po­lice sta­tion.

Coun­cil­lors are ex­pected to give the green light to plans to con­vert the for­mer Felling Po­lice Sta­tion into an apartho­tel next week.

The pro­pos­als would see the va­cant Vic­to­rian build­ing in Sun­der­land Road, which was most re­cently oc­cu­pied by the Gateshead Cheder Ortho­dox Jewish School, turned into a 18-room ho­tel.

Each ac­com­mo­da­tion unit would have its own kitchen and lounge, with 13 hav­ing two beds and five units hav­ing one bed.

Just one neigh­bour has ob­jected to the plans, cit­ing con­cerns over park­ing, noise, and bur­glar­ies as­so­ci­ated with an ex­ist­ing apartho­tel op­po­site the po­lice sta­tion site.

How­ever, civic cen­tre plan­ning of­fi­cials

have deemed the de­signs ac­cept­able and ad­vised mem­bers of Gateshead Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee to give them the go-ahead.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors said: “The ob­jec­tion states that cer­tain res­i­dents do not have dou­ble glaz­ing so will hear more noise from the street than the av­er­age res­i­dent.

“It is the view of of­fi­cers that the com­ings and go­ings of staff and guests, ei­ther by car or on foot, would not have an ad­verse im­pact on the res­i­dents of York Ter­race.”

It adds: “The ob­jec­tion states that there have been bur­glar­ies at the apartho­tel on the op­po­site side of Sun­der­land Road and that this ap­pli­ca­tion could es­ca­late this. No ev­i­dence has been pre­sented to sub­stan­ti­ate this.

“Po­lice data shows there are ap­prox­i­mately 10 bur­glar­ies in the area per year, how­ever the data does not specif­i­cally re­late to the ex­ist­ing apartho­tel.”

Land Reg­istry records show the Ed­war­dian-era build­ing was sold for £240,000 in 2016.

The for­mer Felling Po­lice Sta­tion could be­come an apartho­tel

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