Tyne Tees site to be affordable housing

One of the UK’s largest providers of affordable housing has outlined plans to build new homes on the site of former TV studios

An artist's impressions of the City Road site
An artist's impressions of the City Road site

One of the UK’s largest providers of affordable housing has outlined plans to build new homes on the site of former TV studios.

Gosforth-headquartered Home Group has submitted plans to Newcastle City Council to build 30 homes on the site of the former Tyne Tees Television studios as part of a £3.1m development.

The City Road site used to be home to the ITV studios where the celebrated music show The Tube was filmed from 1982 to 1987, but the building was demolished in 2010 after the station relocated to Gateshead and no permanent tenants could be found.

Following a protracted legal process and meetings with council officials the site was finally cleared for development last September, and consent was granted for the construction of dedicated student accommodation and a hotel, both of which are being constructed by other developers.

Now, the Gosforth social enterprise has put forward plans, already recommended for approval, to build a six-storey apartment block which will provide 16 affordable rental homes and 14 for shared ownership.

The homes will be two-bedroom apartments and the development will also provide parking for 19 cars and to encourage environmentally-friendly forms of transport a storage unit will be built for 24 cycles.

Tony Osborne, Home Group development manager, said: “The City Road site has been standing empty since Tyne Tees moved to new studios and it was later demolished. It’s now time to bring the site back into new use to help revitalise this area which is close to the city centre.

“We plan to build 30 affordable homes which will provide much needed homes for people who need to rent and those who want to get a foot onto the property ladder through shared ownership.

“We’ve worked closely with the local authority on compiling this planning application and we’re delighted that it has been recommended for approval. If we gain planning permission we would hope to start on site later this year.”

Home Group’s submission adds to the housing plans by Northern Developments (Cumbria) Ltd, working jointly with Buccleuch Property, to construct a 386-bed student development. The developers also have outline consent for 30 residential apartments and a 139-bed hotel.

The announcement comes weeks after Home Group, which currently has turnover of �313m and houses more than 120,000 people a year in 53,000 homes, was awarded more than £8.5m of funding to help build 350 homes in the North East between 2015 and 2017 – the largest package of any single housing provider in the area.

The funding comes from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and will see the Tyneside-based housing provider build on 11 separate sites throughout the North East and Yorkshire.

The £8.5m funding will contribute towards the cost with the remaining £26.5m cost being met by Home Group, who are already building 764 homes throughout the region for the HCA before 2015.

We plan to build 30 affordable homes which will provide much needed homes for people who need to rent

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