Jomast advances Angel Heights resi
Plans for a 69-home development on the site of a former Newcastle nurses’ residence have been submitted.
Led by Jomast Developments, the regeneration project on Westgate Road is designed by GT3 Architects, with Lichfields engaged as planning consultant.
The development team said that public consultation in December 2022 showed a wholly positive local response.
The plans see the locally-listed existing Wingrove House building converted into 57 private rental sector apartments, with a new-build element of duplexes in three blocks added at the site’s rear.
The professional team also includes On-Site Archaeology, Elliott Consultancy, OS Ecology, Hydrock, Solmek, JMP, NJD and Colour.
Angel Heights originally opened in 1925 to provide accommodation for nurses working at the nearby Newcastle General Hospital. However, the building which offers over 50,000 sq. ft. of space on a 1.38-acre plot, is now derelict.
The 12 new-build duplexes will come with car parking spaces on land to the rear of the property, providing a frontage to Dunholme Road. Jomast said this element will reflect the character of other properties in the neighbourhood.
A landscaped courtyard, renovated frontage along with a dedicated on-site management team are all part of a site-wide regeneration package that sees existing mature trees at the front of the site retained.
Work could start later this year. A small amount of demolition is required at the site.
Robert Dibden, associate director at Lichfields’ Newcastle office, said that there are currently huge pressures on the local housing sector.
He said: “More properties are desperately needed to meet the housing shortage and provide young people with good homes in an area that they would want to live in, close to other exciting new developments like the Newcastle Centre for Ageing and Vitality.
“Redevelopment of Angel Heights would help to address this shortage, bringing a good, sustainable site back to life after years of decline, delivering more quality housing for Newcastle.”
Adam Hearld, Jomast’s development director, said: “Our plans provide for a fantastic residential development and an investment for young, aspirational professionals. We have listened to the views of local people who have given the scheme their unequivocal backing and want to see the former nurses’ home revitalised and repurposed.”
Lodging of plans represents further development news on Westgate Road, where consent was recently secured for a £5m apartment scheme and drive-thru at the former West End police station.