New plans emerge for ‘high quality’ Ouseburn apartment complex

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Plans for new apartments in Ouseburn could be worth £7 million to the local economy, say developers.

New plans have emerged to build a high-end apartment complex in Ouseburn.

The proposals – which developers say could be worth £7 million to Newcastle’s economy – have been revealed for a new 20-apartment block on land currently used as a car park.

Jenkins Homes is now awaiting approval from Newcastle City Council for the ‘high quality’ plans, which would see the five-storey residential building go up in St Lawrence Road near to the Free Trade Inn.

In a statement submitted to the council, the developer said: “At the present time, the application site does not make any meaningful contribution to economic growth. The site is a long-term vacant employment site, with limited likelihood of being reused for employment uses in the foreseeable future.

“Redevelopment of the site with 20 residential apartments of one and two bedrooms will make a meaningful and significant contribution to the local and wider economy, both during the construction and operational phases.

“It will create direct and indirect employment benefits through on-site construction and supply chain, as well as servicing during the operational stage.

“The scheme will also increase council tax income to the Council and attract New Homes Bonus from the government. The scheme is estimated to constitute in the order of £7m of inward investment into the city.”

As part of the plans, part of the industrial warehouse which borders the site would also be demolished.

The applicant added that redeveloping the car park for housing will ‘serve its residents for many years and meet the needs of present and future generations’.

In April, plans were unveiled for an 18-bedroom aparthotel on the site of a nearby derelict industrial storage unit, next to The Tyne Bar.

Thousands of people signed a petition against that proposal – which is yet to be determined by council bosses – amid fears that it would generate noise complaints from guests because of its proximity to the area’s live music scene.

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