Historic England is happy with the proposed design, viewed here from the Ouseburn towpath. Credit: planning documents

Ouseburn resi set for Newcastle green light

Proposals for 57 apartments on a Lime Street site will go before the local authority’s planning committee recommended for approval.

Applicant Property@Lime Street wants to demolish a series of buildings on the site, to be replaced by a part four and part six storey structure which, along with flats, will include 7,246 sq ft of ground floor commercial space across three units.

The developer is working with xsite architecture on the project. The professional team also includes GEO Environmental Engineering, I Transport Planning and Biodiverse Consulting.

A site visit has been carried out to familiarise committee members with the 35,000 sq ft site, which at present houses three buildings: a “relatively modern” warehouse, a dilapidated commercial building, and a disused, but locally listed, pigeon cree.

The site is in the Lower Ouseburn Valley – and within its conservation area – a 20-minute walk from Newcastle city centre. To the immediate south of the plot is a residential building currently being redeveloped, and to its north lies a set of steps to other residential buildings.

Along with 66 cycle spaces, 10 car parking spaces are proposed at ground floor level, all of which will have an EV charging point.

Plans include three ground floor commercial spaces. Credit: planning documents

A conditional consent was granted for a smaller residential plan in 2006. Following consultation on the current proposals, 16 objections have been lodged, and four letters of support.

Statutory consultee Historic England said it had no objection to the plan, going so far as to make suggestions for refinements. The organisation said in summary that “it will follow the pattern of use, scale and contemporary design delivered by recent developments on the other, southern side of the Byker Bank Bridge”.

The verdict from planning officers is ‘minded to grant’ approval, with a suggested £65,000 contribution to offsite open space and potentially an overage agreement to secure future provision of offsite affordable housing up to a value of £378,834 if proven viable.

Newcastle’s planning committee will consider the scheme on 24 November. The application can be viewed on the ocuncil’s planning portal with the reference 2022/1578/01/DET.

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