New housing plans take step forward

An artist impression of how Northumberland Square could look once redeveloped. Picture by HDRtist HDR
An artist impression of how Northumberland Square could look once redeveloped. Picture by HDRtist HDR

Plans for new high quality family homes at key locations in the borough have taken a step forward.

North Tyneside Council’s cabinet has approved plans to bring forward housing schemes at Northumberland Square in North Shields, and the former Avenue and Whiskey Bends pub sites in Whitley Bay.

The schemes would include a mix of high quality modern townhouses and apartments in Northumberland Square, as well as high quality family homes, including 14 townhouses, at High Point View.

Cabinet members also agreed a fourth development at Wallington Court, Cullercoats, would be explored for the potential of bungalows.

The four developments could see as many as 60 new homes being built.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “These are genuinely exciting projects that will breathe new life into several disused sites in the borough, and play a big supporting role in the work we are doing to regenerate North Shields and Whitley Bay.

“Northumberland Square is one of our most beautiful landmarks, and local people have been eager to see us bring forward a plan for this part of the square. I am confident our concept designs will excite them.

“Our aspiration is that each of the schemes will act as a catalyst for further development, bringing extra footfall for local businesses, enhancing the viability of other local services, and generating revenue for the council to reinvest.”

To showcase the plans, drop-in sessions are being held for people to look at some designs and meet the architects. One will take place on Wednesday, March 1, from noon to 4pm, at the Whitley Bay Customer First Centre. The second event, focusing on Northumberland Square, is on Tuesday, March 7, from noon to 4pm, at North Shields Customer Service Centre.

An event will also be scheduled to showcase the plans for Wallington Court.