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Planning application submitted for new homes in Whickham, Gateshead

November 2020

We have submitted plans for a development of new homes and the site-wide redevelopment of land at the former Dunston Hill Hospital, north of the Whickham Highway, Whickham.

We are seeking a combined reserved matters and detailed planning permission for 46 homes on this brownfield site, which has been identified by Gateshead Council for redevelopment. The proposals include three, four and five-bedroom properties, providing an appropriate mix of executive style family homes from the ‘Story Collection’, whilst also delivering five three-bedroom affordable houses on site.

In November 2016, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust was granted outline planning permission for up to 35 properties on the former hospital site with a detailed reserved matters application submitted on behalf of the Trust (Ref: DC/19/01048/REM) in 2019.

Planning Manager, Richard Swann said: “We are delighted to be able to bring forward our proposals for the redevelopment of this site, and with agreement from Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust.

“In our planning applications, we are taking forward the existing reserved matters application with an updated site plan to secure the appearance, layout and landscaping to provide 35 units approved at outline; and a second detailed matters application to deliver 11 homes within the site’s walled garden as part of our wider proposals for the former hospital.

”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 for our striking street scenes on our developments. In the design of our proposal we have paid careful attention to the local area’s use of material and this will be highly visible when travelling around the development.”

The scheme 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.

We anticipate a decision in spring 2021.

Proposals can be viewed here using ref: DC/19/01048/REM and DC/20/01061/FUL