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AXWELL HALL: Transformation plans for historic hall move forward

AXWELL HALL: Transformation plans for historic hall move forward

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Plans to give a historic hall in Gateshead a new lease of life have moved another step forward.

Built in 1758, the grade II* listed Axwell Hall, in Axwell Park, Blaydon, has  stood empty since 1981 and has been ravaged by dry rot and targeted by vandals and lead thieves over the decades.

Eight Property Limited was previously given permission to turn the grand old hall into apartments.

Now the developer has submitted an application for listed building consent outlining changes to the plans.

Initially the hall was set to be turned into 23 flats but this number has been reduced to 11.

The developer also wants to turn a proposed garage block into a residential annex.

The annex will be lived in by the developer and their family while works take place. After the project is finished they will move into one of the apartments.

This will then allow an elderly family member to move into the annex.

The developer also wants to install a bin store and make alterations to the front of the building so that a newly created garden terrace can be accessed.

Two doors will also be removed from the eastern wing of the hall and two basement windows will be replaced with double doors.

A planning document said this “ensures the viability of the
restoration is retained whilst providing high quality homes for future residents”.

The hall and 60 acres were bought by the Newcastle Industrial and Ragged School, which aimed to provide education and industrial training to poor youngsters. It fell into disrepair in the 1970s and finally closed in 1981.

The hall and 35-acre park were bought in 2005 by the developer who converted the derelict walled garden site into the 18-home Axwell Gardens and in 2016 opened the Courtyard development of 27 apartments and houses.

Gateshead Council is expected to decide on the latest application by the end of March.

Words: Herbert Soden, Local Democracy Reporter

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