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Green light for new homes in Whickham, Gateshead

We have secured backing from Gateshead Council with reserved matters approved for 35 homes and detailed planning approval for a further 11 homes on land at the former Dunston Hill Hospital, north of the Whickham Highway, Whickham.

The land at Dunston Hill Hospital was identified by Gateshead Council for redevelopment as part of its housing supply plan. The new development, known as Highfields, will feature a variety of three, four and five-bedroom properties, including affordable units, from our Story Collection, a range of homes with internal layouts that offer modern, open plan living spaces and exterior details that create the unique street scenes for which we are renowned.

Richard Swann, Planning Manager said: “We are delighted that Gateshead Council granted approval for the redevelopment and delivery of our homes on this site.

“This development will provide much needed executive family and affordable homes in Gateshead, helping the authority to meet its five-year housing land supply target and achieve one of its key aims of redeveloping derelict brownfield sites.

“We are renowned for designing high quality homes throughout the North East and we look forward to bringing our new homes to the area.”

Highfields will have benefits for the local economy during the construction phase as a result of direct and indirect employment opportunities through the subcontractors and supply chains, as well as an increased demand for local services when the new homes are occupied.

The development will also provide a dedicated habitat area to promote eco diversity and the SuDS solution incorporates a retention pond which will improve its suitability for amphibians and other wildlife.

Councillor John Adams, Cabinet Member for Housing at Gateshead Council said: “I’m very happy that this development has come forward and has been granted planning permission. We need more developments that regenerate vacant and brownfield sites in our borough, so I’m glad that Story Homes are building on the old hospital site in Whickham.

“I’m particularly happy that we have affordable housing on the Highfields site and that there is a habitat area on the site. I hope that the people who move in have a great life in their new homes.”

We anticipate that work will start on-site later this year with our Marketing Suite to follow in early 2022. To find out more about Highfields or register your interest, click here.


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