Industrial estate in line for revamp

West Chirton Industrial Estate (South) off Norham Road, North Shields

West Chirton Industrial Estate (South) off Norham Road, North Shields

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A RUN-down industrial estate could be in line for a new lease of life.

North Tyneside Council is drawing up plans to revive the fortunes of West Chirton South Industrial Estate in North Shields.

Its proposals could see the site transformed into a hub of employment-creating developments, leisure facilities and housing.

The site, just off the Coast Road and Norham Road, is currently occupied by retailers and businesses, including Tesco, but much of its land is disused and many of units have been standing empty for years.

A regeneration masterplan for the site, and the retail area next to it, has been unveiled by the council, and a month-long consultation period on its draft proposals began this week.

The plan envisages the site being split into three zones – an economic development zone to the north, a residential zone to the south and a leisure zone in the centre, offering new sports, recreation and play facilities.

Borough mayor Linda Arkley said: “This master plan sets out an ambitious and vibrant new vision for the West Chirton Industrial Estate and the surrounding area which would bring significant benefits to businesses and residents.

“Regeneration and change are crucial if we are to make the most of this key site. These plans would transform vacant and poor-quality land into an important asset for North Tyneside.”

The plans will be on display at the Coast Road library in North Shields and North Tyneside Council’s headquarters in the town until Monday, September 17.

Interested parties can also view the plans and have their say online at www.northtyneside-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal

Comments can also be sent by email to planning.policy@northtyneside.gov.uk or in writing to West Chirton South Masterplan Consultation, Steven Lyttle, Planning (1st Floor left), North Tyneside Council, Quadrant, Cobalt Business Park, NE27 OBY.