£10m housing development approved for Blakelaw
Originally issued by Persuasion PR on behalf of Keepmoat
Homes on Tuesday 27 July 2010
Newcastle City Council has given planning permission for a £10m
housing development on a brownfield site at Colwyne Place in
Regeneration and affordable homes specialist Keepmoat Homes will
be building 98 properties, of which 57 will be for sale and the
remaining 41 will be owned by Leazes Homes, the charitable
subsidiary of Your Homes Newcastle (YHN). These homes will be
available for shared ownership and rent.
Houses for sale will include two and three
bedroomed houses and a two bedroom bungalow – all at competitive
prices. The house types are likely to be those which have
proved popular with first and second time buyers elsewhere in the
The properties to be owned by Leazes Homes
include two, three and four bedroomed homes and six bungalows, two
of which have been specifically designed for wheelchair
access. All of these properties will be managed by YHN.
Proximity to the A1(M) and other major road
networks are expected to make the development popular with house
hunters commuting to the region’s major cities. It is on the
former site of the Blakelaw Deck Access flats. Built in 1969
and designed by the council architect Doug H Cunningham, the deck
access flats, standing on stilts above the ground with connecting
walkways, were part of a grand plan to create communities.
But this never worked and the blocks gradually
fell into disrepair, and local people and Councillors lobbied YHN
to replace the flats with modern housing. Demolition works
completed in April 2010.
It is anticipated that work will start on site
at the beginning of September (2010) with the first homes completed
in early 2011.
Bill Midgley, Chair of Leazes Homes, said:
"Local residents have been actively involved
in shaping this development before and since demolition,
culminating in a series of open days held earlier this
summer. Their involvement has helped us produce a scheme that
it is sustainable and in tune with what local people want.
We're pleased that work can now start on site this summer - it's
great news for Blakelaw and Newcastle as a whole."
Ian Prescott, Land and Partnership’s Director
with Keepmoat Homes North East, said:
"We’re delighted to have secured this site
in Blakelaw and look forward to working with our partners Newcastle
City Council, Leazes Homes and Your Homes Newcastle to deliver new
housing to the area to benefit the local community and economy.
“As a company we have a strong
presence in County Durham and Teesside but are now increasing our
presence across Tyne and Wear with exciting developments at
Wallsend, Blaydon, Washington and now this one in Blakelaw.”