Plans unveiled for new retirement apartments in Whitley Bay

Plans for retirement apartments and new housing in Whitley Bay town centre have been unveiled.

Wednesday, 16th October 2019, 9:38 am
Updated Friday, 18th October 2019, 12:15 pm
The area of land in Marine Gardens, Whitley Bay.

Places for People and McCarthy & Stone are holding a public exhibition to speak to local residents about their plans to build 60 Retirement Living PLUS apartments and nine new two-bedroom affordable homes on land at Marine Gardens, Whitley Bay.

The exhibition will be held at Whitley Bay Baptist Church on Park Avenue, Whitley Bay, from 3pm to 7pm on Wednesday, October 23.

Developers say the exhibition is to provide details about the scheme to the community, and members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions.

An artist impression of the proposed development.

The exhibition also gives residents the opportunity to have their say which, where possible, will be fed into the final plans prior to the submission of a full planning application.

Nilam Buchanan, head of development at Places for People, said: “We are excited to bring much-needed affordable homes and retirement apartments to the heart of Whitley Bay.

“We encourage local people to come and share their views on the plans for these new homes.”

Stephen Day, land and development director for McCarthy & Stone North East, said: “Marine Gardens is an ideal location for McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living PLUS apartments, aimed at people aged over 70.

“I look forward to hearing what local residents have to say about our plans.”

Two years ago, Places for People had a planning application for a four-storey block with 46 apartments and 16 houses rejected by North Tyneside Council’s planning committee after members said it would be an ‘over development’ of the site.

The land is the site of the former Coquet Park and Marine Park First School, which was demolished in 2004.

Places for People bought the site in 2007.

At the time, concerns were raised by residents about parking and additional traffic in the area, especially being so close to Marine Park First School.

Coun John O’Shea told the committee in July 2017: “My view is that 65 homes is just too much, it is out of character with the area.”