Category Archives: Ouseburn Futures Planning and Development Group

Conserving Ouseburn Valley

Which is your favourite Ouseburn Valley building? And your least favourite?

Which buildings in the Ouseburn do you think are important to keep because they are vital to the character of the area, and which ones could be demolished, or could be redeveloped in a sympathetic way?

The Lower Ouseburn Conservation Area Management Plan (published in 2004), which protects the important architectural and cultural heritage in the Valley, needs to be updated. To help with this, Ouseburn Futures is asking people who love the Valley for their views about which buildings in the Conservation Area and around the edge have architectural and/or historical merit and are therefore important to preserve. We’ve looked at over 100 buildings and made our own assessment of the value of each of them.

Now we would like to hear your views whether you agree or disagree with the group’s assessment, to help us inform the strategy for the Conservation Area.

Start with Conserving buildings in Ouseburn Valley overview – which includes info on how to use the survey tool.

If you are accessing this website using a mobile device – phones or tablets – you should find this direct link to our consultation on the Placechangers website works better for you: https://www.app.placechangers.uk/#!/2/overview

Please remember to save your responses before leaving the survey pages! Thank you very much for taking time to take part.

Parking in Ouseburn – proposals to charge & limit time

Ouseburn Valley Parking Map proposals March 2015 (click to see/download larger pdf version).

Ouseburn Valley Parking Map proposals March 2015 (click to see larger version).

Download or view the Ouseburn Valley Parking Map proposals March 2015 pdf version (larger and more readable).

The Council is carrying out a review of parking in the Valley and proposing measures to stop city centre commuter parking here, including introducing pay and display parking in some places, limiting the time that people can park, and permit parking for residents and businesses.

The first part of Ouseburn they are tackling is the central area, and they are asking for feedback on the proposed scheme by 26th March 2015. You can see proposals and give feedback several ways:

  • online on Let’s Talk Newcastle (you do have to register)
  • or look at the display about the proposals at Ouseburn Farm (open 9.30am to 3.30pm 7 days a week) and fill in a feedback form;
  • or attend one of the drop in sessions on Tuesday 17th March 2015 at which council staff will be present to answer any questions – Ouseburn Farm from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and at Arch 6, Stepney Bank (Ouseburn Trust) from 5pm to 6.30pm.
  • or send your comments to us (see our contact us page) and we will pass them on.

Overview of the proposals by Newcastle City Council

The following text is from the Let’s Talk Newcastle website page on this proposal with a link to the Ouseburn DIY Streets page added in (the relevant map is at the top of this page).

The Council is carrying out a review of parking in the Lower Ouseburn Valley in response to issues raised by residents, businesses and visitors, and to manage the effect of current and future development in the area. Space is limited and we need to make sure it meets local needs as much as possible.

Research has shown that most parking spaces are full during the day from Monday to Friday, that a lot of people park in the Valley and walk into the city centre, and that parking in certain locations is creating safety issues.

In order to address these issues we would like to start by introducing a set of short, medium and long stay waiting restrictions. These will sit alongside wider aims to:

  • support people travelling to the area on foot, by bike and by public transport, for example through physical improvements as proposed in the Ouseburn DIY Streets project;
  • identify possible locations for additional off-street parking

We will be looking at the area in three stages – the central area around Village Green, the northern area around Stepney Bank and Boyd Street, and the southern area towards the mouth of the Ouseburn.

This initial round of consultation will focus on the central area, and there will be more discussion in future on the detailed proposals for the northern and southern areas. The broad proposals for the central area are to introduce:

  • Free short stay spaces
  • Permit parking for residents (£25 per year for first permit, £75 for second) and businesses (£170 per year per business for the first two permits, rising for additional permits)
  • Pay and display at 40p per hour, limited to a four hour stay on-street, and requiring topping up after four hours at off-street spaces, to deter city centre commuter parking
  • Mandatory disabled parking bays in convenient locations
  • A specified coach drop-off point for local venues
  • Electric car charging points
  • A car-club bay

We hope to be able to agree the proposals for the central area in April 2015. We would then need to go through a full statutory process, and the changes would be introduced by October 2015. It would be a similar 6-8 month process for each of the following stages, but we could overlap some of this work and aim to have everything in place by April 2016. This survey will be open from 9 to 26 March 2015.

If you want to read the background to these proposals, you can view or download the full version of the review:

 

Coquet Street development

The developers have submitted a new planning application to Newcastle City Council to develop blocks of student accommodation at Coquet Street. The design has changed since the last application for this site.

You can view the application – reference number 2013/0230/01/DET on the Newcastle City Council website.

The Ouseburn Futures Planning and Development Group will discuss it at their next meeting on 25th March 2013.

Meetings and events in March 2013

Mouth of the Ouseburn in early spring. Photographer: JE Davis.

Mouth of the Ouseburn in early spring.

March is a busy month in Ouseburn. Latest news about events is usually posted on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

Ouseburn Developers’ Forum meeting at 3pm on 6th March 2013.

Ouseburn Visitors and Events Group meeting on 13th March 2013.

Tidy up Ouseburn! Saturday 16th March 2013. Volunteers are very welcome to join the Environment Group from 10.30am to 3.30pm. We advise wearing warm clothing and boots, and please bring gardening gloves. Meet at Ouseburn Farm at 10.30am.

Ouseburn Arts & Creative Industries Group event with networking on 19th March 2013 at the Cluny.

Ouseburn Planning and Development Group meeting at 5.30pm on  Monday 25th March 2013. This meeting is open to anyone interested in the planning, development, design and property issues relating to Ouseburn.

Ouseburn Futures Coordinating Group quarterly liaison meeting with Newcastle City Council on Monday 25th March 2013.

Ouseburn River Users Group meeting on at 5.30pm on 27th March 2013.

Other March meetings or events will be added here when announced.

Mid to late Feb meetings

Painting by Gaia on the Ship Inn, 6th Feb 2013. Photo by JE Davis.

Painting by Gaia on the Ship Inn, 6th Feb 2013.

Ouseburn Futures Planning & Development Group meeting at 5.30pm on Thursday 21st February at Arch 6 (Ouseburn Trust’s office).

Agenda will include:

  • Neighbourhood Planning / Forum
  • Working with Igloo
  • Code of Conduct placement
  • Any other business and plan for next meeting.

Ouseburn Futures Environment Group open meeting will take place at Ouseburn Farm at 5.30pm on Tuesday 26th February 2013. Open to anyone interested in the environment of the Lower Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Early 2013 meetings and events

The New Year fireworks remains had scarcely stopped smouldering before the first Ouseburn Futures meetings of 2013 started.

We held the first Planning and Development Group meeting of the year on 10th January, and are looking forward to a busy year ahead, with lots happening in Ouseburn.

The next meetings are:

Ouseburn River Users Group meeting on Wednesday 16th January 2013.

Ouseburn Visitors and Events Group meeting on Tuesday 22nd January 2013.

Ouseburn Futures Coordinating Group (OFCG) meeting at 5.30pm on Thursday 24th January 2013.

Ouseburn Business Group meeting on 7th February 2013.

Ouseburn Environment Group meeting at 5.30pm on 26th February 2013 at Ouseburn Farm. This meeting is open to anyone interested in the environment of the Lower Ouseburn.

Ouseburn Futures quarterly liaison meeting with Newcastle City Council (involves representatives of the OCFG).

Planning applications

The Malings

'The Malings' site.

‘The Malings’ site.

The Chair of Newcastle City Council’s Planning Committee had to cast the deciding vote on 4th January when councillors were split over the application to build 76 new homes on the East bank of the Ouseburn, a site formerly occupied by the Ice Factory and Heaney Works (site shown in the picture above).

The developers, Carillion Igloo gained approval to build The Malings (name inspired by the Maling Pottery, built there in the early 19th century). The architect for the scheme is Ash Sakula.

Coquet Street student accommodation development

The Planning Committee had approved on 14th December the renewal of the approval for the Coquet Street student accommodation development.

More information:

The Malings plans can be seen on the Newcastle City Council Planning website.

Ouseburn Valley homes are given the go-ahead, The Journal, 7th January 2013.

Coquet Street student accommodation development plans can be seen on the Newcastle City Council Planning website.