Proposed development at
Hillhead Road, West Denton
Pre-planning public consultation
This website has been created to provide information about the proposed development of new affordable homes and leisure facilities on land off Hillhead Road, West Denton. You can find details of the proposals here, and there is a questionnaire for you to provide your views on the scheme.
What is this consultation about?
Housing association Karbon Homes and contractor Tolent have been working together in response to need identified by Newcastle City Council to bring forward a new housing development off Hillhead Road, to the south of West Denton Community Centre.
The original proposals had included 60 new homes and a small children’s home which together would have occupied the majority of the site.
When the plans were presented for pre-planning submission consultation in November 2019, local residents raised concerns about the scale of the development and the loss of green space for children to play on.
At this time Tolent and Karbon agreed with Newcastle City Council to pause the development to allow for a review of the proposals and further public consultation.
Taking into account the concerns raised and residents’ views during the initial consultation, Karbon and Tolent have now revised their proposals in response to the views expressed locally.
15 fewer homes on the site – now 45 two, three and four bedroom affordable homes, with a mix of affordable rent, rent to buy and shared ownership properties, plus a small children’s home.
Two sports pitches on the northern side of the site that will be managed and maintained by Newcastle City Council.
What is being proposed?
The revised proposals are for 45 new affordable homes, a small children’s home and two managed sports pitches.
The proposals include nine homes that will be available to rent at 20% below market rates and 36 properties which offer people an opportunity to get onto the property ladder, through the Government’s Rent to Buy and Shared Ownership schemes.
The sports pitches are to be developed to Sport England standards – one for Under 8s and the other for Under 10s teams. They would be available for local clubs, as arranged through the Council, as well as being available for informal play and valuable green space for local residents for exercise and dog walking.
The scheme still includes a small children’s home for children in the care of Newcastle City Council. The children living there would be cared for 24 hours a day by staff who work for and are trained by the local authority.
Keeping existing pedestrian access to the site from Hillhead Road, Hillhead Drive and Linbridge Drive has remained crucial to the site layout, to ensure that the new homes feel connected to the surrounding area.
Homes have been designed with a contemporary appearance, and benefit from robust finishes so that properties will continue to have a high-quality aspect in years to come. Contrasting brickwork has been proposed on elevations, with a mix of eaves and gable frontages creating variety along the street scene.
Issues have been raised in the past about the recent loss of a skate park from the Hillhead Road site, and the lack of alternative facilities for young people locally. The Council has now committed to providing alternative play facilities for young people in the local area, in addition to the pitches proposed on this site. Options are currently being drawn up based on the funding available and a separate consultation exercise will be held to gather views on which of these options would be preferred by the local community.
Street Elevation along Southern Boundary
Children’s Home | North Elevation
Children’s Home | East Elevation
Further information about key technical considerations such as flood risk, transport, ecology and ground conditions have been assessed in detail and reports detailing the findings from these investigations will be submitted with the application.
A Transport Statement is being prepared and will be submitted alongside any future application.
Analysis has been carried out about the local highways network and any impact that the proposals may have on this. Full safety analysis will be carried out and incorporated into the layout designs.
The site is located in Flood Zone 1 and is not at risk of either tidal or pluvial flooding. The site is shown to be potentially at low risk of surface water overland flow which will be managed through appropriate site layout arrangements and levels.
All flows from the site will be attenuated through both oversize pipes and also a dry basin retention pond which provides for water treatment and bio-diversity but also provides protection for Flood Routing if required.
What happens next?
Karbon and Tolent will consider all of the comments received and they will be taken into account in the submission of their application for planning permission. Comments will be collated and reviewed by the design team to investigate any impact on the proposals. All of the comments will be summarised and responded to in a Statement of Community Involvement that will be submitted with the future planning application.
We hope to submit the planning application in Summer 2021. The application will then go through the statutory planning process, during which time you will be able to formally comment on the proposals via the Council’s Planning Portal, or by writing to the Planning Case Officer who will be named as part of the application process. The final decision about the planning application will be made by Planning Committee.