We are concerned with planning issues, design of buildings and structures to be built in the valley, future developments. The central area of the Lower Ouseburn Valley is a Conservation Area, and we are concerned that the special, unique character of the area is not destroyed, and that new developments are high quality and sustainable.
We have been busy since we began in the summer of 2012. One of the first things we did was to hold an open meeting and to put up a display about the NewcastleGateshead Urban Core Area Action Plan, enabling the Ouseburn community to find out more about it and share their views.
Some of the developments proposed in Ouseburn that we have looked at include:
- The Malings, on the eastern side of the Ouseburn, near Glasshouse Bridge. The developers, Carillion-Igloo Limited, are building 76 residential dwellings and 4 commercial units, with associated hard and soft landscaping, car and cycle parking and highway infrastructure improvements. The architect for the scheme is Ash Sakula. The plans can be seen on the Newcastle City Council Planning website. Planning permission was granted in January 2013.
- Coquet Street proposal to develop four blocks of student accommodation to contain 254 bedspaces in 52 clusters.
- Lower Steenberg’s Yard – a mixed use development by Carillion-igloo, designed by xsite architecture.
Conserving the Ouseburn Valley: reviewing the Conservation Area Management Plan
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.
It’s easy to do, using our survey tool. First, read more about it on the Overview page.
You can also add comments once you have voted, can save your comments, and can return to add more at a later date – we’ll be leaving this site up for votes and comments for at least 2 months.