Major plans for housing on both sides of Tyne


High Street Group want to build flats on the Brett Oils site in Gateshead with views of the Tyne, as well as site in Newcastle

Hundreds of flats are to be built at two key sites overlooking the Tyne by the company currently working on Newcastle ’s tallest tower block.

The Brett Oils site, close to the Swing Bridge in Gateshead , and land on Pottery Lane, close to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, are being acquired by the High Street Group of Companies to build around 450 apartments for the private rented sector (PRS).

The High Street Group, which is based in Newcastle, has been at the forefront of a drive to create more PRS apartments around the UK, with a number of developments in big cities including Manchester and Birmingham.

It is also building Hadrian’s Tower, a 27-storey tower block off St James’ Boulevard which will be the city’s highest building when it opens in 2020.

The company’s proposed Brett Wharf development, which would be built on the former Brett Oils site, would be made up around 200 one and two-bedroom flats in two buildings. Initial plans suggest the buildings would be around five storeys, though the buildings could be slightly higher.

The company says the site is “perhaps the last prime development site in the heart of the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside with direct river frontage” and aims to create “a place that people will be proud of and are keen to support”.

The company is also hoping to build around 250 apartments at Pottery Lane, a site between the Tyne and the arena.

The flats, a mixture of one and two-bedrooms, would be over three blocks, the highest of which is currently envisaged to be eight storeys high.

The plans come after Yorkshire-based developers Newby announced plans for an “urban village” in the area, which would see 1,500 homes, as well as bars, a hotel and green spaces built on the old Calders site on Skinnerburn Road.

Both sites are part of the Forth Yards area identified by Newcastle City Council as the next significant area for regeneration in the city. The site contains a number of vacant former industrial sites, though steep slopes down the river make it difficult to develop.

High Street Group chairman Gary Forrest said: “As we begin construction of Hadrian’s Tower, our a 27-storey trophy property fronting St James Boulevard within Newcastle city centre, we are delighted that our Brett Wharf and Pottery Lane schemes will add further to our contribution to the regeneration of the Newcastle Gateshead Urban Core.

“Pottery Lane, which enjoys an elevated location overlooking Tyne, within Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter and the Brett oils site, fronting the River Tyne within Gateshead Quays, will bring the total number of high quality PRS apartments we are developing to over 600.”