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SOUTH TYNESIDE COUNCIL: Riverside apartment complex plans

SOUTH TYNESIDE COUNCIL: Riverside apartment complex plans

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Proposals for a four-storey riverside apartment complex in South Shields have been lodged with planning bosses.

A planning application was recently submitted to South Tyneside Council to redevelop a parcel of land off Long Row.

This included a new housing complex providing 10 residential apartments and three ‘penthouse’ apartments, alongside associated works, car and cycle parking and landscaping.

According to a design and access statement submitted with the application, applicant Key West Three Ltd acquired the site as part of the purchase of the Utilitywise buildings.

Following their conversion into apartments, developers said “on-going demand has prompted this application.”

The design and access statement from Mario Minchella Architects adds the  building would be designed to make reference to “naval architecture” and the “marine setting.”

It reads: “The proposals have been designed deliberately to contrast the sullen appearance of the Utilitywise buildings and use colours and materials which reference the marine setting.

“Furthermore, the design incorporates strong horizontal lines which make reference to naval architecture [and] the fenestration is large and rhythmical to take advantage of the excellent views.

“Again, in contrast to the Utilitywise scheme, the balconies have been designed to be fully integrated into the main structure rather than bolt-on additions. Again, these details suggest ships’ decking.”

The earmarked site was formerly used as ancillary parking for the Utilitywise buildings and has more recently been used for storage.

If plans are approved, the new building on site would offer a secure parking area on the ground floor, two-bedroom apartments across the next two floors and three-bedroom penthouse apartments on the top floor.

Developers say the main rooms would provide views out over the River Tyne and the sea and that parking would be assigned to each apartment.

In addition, the building would be compliant in terms of accessibility, with passenger lifts and dedicated parking spaces.

A sustainability statement, submitted on behalf of the applicant, adds the location is close to major transport links and the town centre.

During construction, measures would also be put in place to monitor and reduce dust pollution and energy use from site activities.

The sustainability statement goes on to say: “This proposal seeks to develop an unused site within South Shields.

“This was formerly a private car park and its existing ground cover still remains largely intact – and where possible the client will retain this to reduce the amount of work and materials the proposals will require.

“The proposals seek to utilize the position of the complex within the community, and its existing infrastructure, more efficiently and, through doing this, provide a high quality, sustainable addition to the area.”

A final decision on the application rests with South Tyneside Council and will be made following a period of consultation.

Comments on the plans can be submitted up until April 29 by visiting the council’s planning portal or by writing to the planning authority.

To track the progress of the application or to find out more, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/35961/Search-planning-applications and search reference: ST/0693/20/FUL.

Words: Chris Binding, Local Democracy Reporter

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