This section of the website summarises current proposals that are at an advanced stage of development - normally at the planning application stage or where building work has started.

Ouseburn Valley Regeneration Investment and Action Plan

A new phase of regeneration is about to begin in the Ouseburn Valley.

Newcastle City Council, The Ouseburn Trust and other key partners are developing an Ouseburn Regeneration Investment and Action Plan.

Much has been achieved in the Ouseburn Valley over the last few years, and we now have an opportunity to build on that and set the future direction for the area.

The new plan will set out a framework for the continuing physical regeneration of the area, as well as developing social and economic regeneration, including attracting business to the area and encouraging visitors by promoting Ouseburn’s cultural uniqueness. The plan will also address how activity in the Valley can benefit residents living in neighbouring areas.

The purpose of the Plan is to:

• Update the existing 2003 Ouseburn Regeneration Strategy
• Provide an action plan of projects to be delivered by the Council and Partners
• Provide a working document for City Council policy and to compliment planning documents such as the Urban Core Action Plan
• Provide a support document for funding bids

We want to gather the thoughts and opinions of as many people as possible from the outset, so we can understand how you would like to see Ouseburn develop in the future.

Throughout the process we will be getting in touch with residents (including residents from areas such as Shieldfield and Byker), businesses, partners, developers and the community and voluntary sector.

Over the next four months, we will developing the plan, so if you would like to get involved please contact Graham Bone e-mail

Current and proposed schemes and key sites:

Developments completed

Hotel du Vin, City Rd
This development consists of the conversion of the former Tyne Tees Shipping Company building on City Rd with a new build block at the rear (on Ouse St next to the Victoria Tunnel entrance).

Fire damage during construction in late 2007 was not as bad as was initially feared and has delayed the construction of this 42 room boutique hotel by only 5 months. It opened in the winter of 2008. 

Upper Steenbergs Yard, Stepney Bank
This development straddles 3 parcels of land including the upper plateau of Upper Steenbergs Yard; the former temporary car park on Stepney Bank and the former Ramages Yard on the north side of Stepney Bank.

The developer, Priority Sites, started on site in late February 2008 and what is now called The Media Exchange was opened in summer 2009. This office development consists of 3 blocks of 3 units, ranging in size from 1785 sq ft to 3561 sq ft and totalling over 23,000 sq ft. The units are for rent or very long lease.  Agents are GVA or Naylors.

Union St, Shieldfield
This former scrapyard site is bounded by Boyd St and Union St and lies next to SWS House and close to the Biscuit Factory. Planning permission was granted in 2007 to the Adderstone Group for an office development with associated car parking.

The £2 million scheme, Maling Court, started on site in January 2008, consists of six 2000 sq ft office units, and was completed in early 2009. The units are for rent and as of May 2012 about 70% of the units are occupied by a range of mainly creative sector businesses.

The Kiln (formerly Clocktower Court), Hoults Yard, Walker Rd
This site sits behind the clocktower building in the central courtyard of Hoults Yard, the former Maling Ford B Pottery. It is where the reservoir for the pottery was situated.

The development,carried out by Hoults Estates, consists of a new block of 20 offices and workshops totalling about 25,000 sq ft.  The Kiln was completed in spring 2009, and is pretty much fully occupied by businesses including Northern Film and Media who have moved from Central Square, Newcastle.

Ouseburn Barrage
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Projects with Planning Permission

Portland Green
Portland Green is a major redevelopment opportunity site at the northern gateway to the Lower Ouseburn Valley. The site includes two former car showrooms and the former Berger Paint factory site (part of which is in Newcastle City Council ownership) adjacent to City Stadium.

The Council’s Executive approved the conditional disposal of the City Council’s freehold interest in the Berger site in 2006 to Metnor, who have now assembled the whole site with the intention of undertaking a comprehensive development phased over a number of years.

Metnor have obtained planning permission for the first phase of the development, which consists of one block of student housing and retail uses and work started in early 2012.  Planning permission was granted in spring 2009 and renewed recently for construction of a student village of nearly 2000 bed spaces.  .

R and J Ince Building, Ford St
Planning permission for a 118 bed student housing scheme was granted in 2008 and renewed in 2012   but due to the credit crunch, operators are unable to currently carry out the development. The previous occupiers, R and J Ince, have moved to the former Encon building at the junction of Byker Bank and Ford St.  The original building is being temporarily let to businesses incluing RASKL.

7-17 Lime St
This site, formerly Mama Pasta’s café and Euromart, on Lime St received planning permission for an amended scheme in 2007. The new permission excluded the original restaurant and includes 30 residential units, office space and a small retail unit.

Banks, the original owner, is negotiating to sell the site on to another developer who has recently tested the water on whether student housing in the proposed building would be acceptable.

Sites without Planning Permission

Central Ouseburn
The Ouseburn Central site is so named because it is located at the focal point of the Ouseburn Valley. It is owned by Newcastle City Council and a number of private land owners and occupies an important position at the crossroads of many routes in, out and through the area.

At its boundaries are the Ouseburn Farm and green space to the North, and Cut Bank/Byker Bank - one of the main routes from the east end to the Quayside - to the South. This site has been subject to ever increasing development pressures and a document called the Ouseburn Central Draft Masterplan has been prepared to guide future development. This Masterplan, now adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document, proposes a site layout and mix of uses together with a set of design principles and requirements which aim to satisfy the City Council’s vision of a sustainable urban village.

Toffee Factory Lower Steenbergs

This City Council owned building has been refurbished through 1NG into move on office accommodation for creative sector and digital businesses and opened in December 2011. It's 25 units are in mid 2012 nearly fully occupied, and it recently won the main regional RICS award.

Byker Buildings
The Byker Buildings site is owned by Newcastle City Council and covers approximately 0.28 hectares. The site, currently an area of green space adjacent to the Cumberland Arms, is prominently situated at the top of Byker Bank, providing a vantage viewpoint into the Ouseburn Valley. It is visible from the Quayside, from across the Tyne and from several major routes into the city centre and the east end of Newcastle.

The area lies just outside the Ouseburn conservation area, to the south. The site previously contained flats which have been demolished to enable redevelopment. An approved Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has been prepared to guide the redevelopment of the site.

St Lawrence Square
St Lawrence Square previously contained terraced flats built around the edge of St Lawrence Park. However, the flats have been progressively demolished to prepare for the redevelopment of the site. This site is roughly triangular and covers approximately 4.63 hectares. The existing site consists of three areas of land around an existing 1.5 hectare urban park.

The flats were previously situated along the south-west and north-west sides running parallel to Walker Rd and Albion Row. On the third side of the park is an area of open land between the park and the ‘Byker Link’ cycle route.

The site is currently predominantly owned by Newcastle City Council, including some adopted public open space. The Council has approved a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to guide the development of the site for sustainable family housing. St Lawrence Square is part of the ‘Byker Design Project’ which includes the refurbishment of properties and the redevelopment sites in South Byker.  The future of the site is currently being considered by the City Council.

South Byker
This site is situated approximately 0.5km to the east of the St. Lawrence Square site and 2km away from the city centre.

The site is bordered by Walker Road to the south, Bolam Way to the west, Commercial Road to the north and St. Peter’s Road to the east. It is south facing, gently sloping towards the river, and extends to 10.29 hectares.

The site is currently made up of mostly Newcastle City Council-owned housing, a Council care home and a small number of Council owned commercially let premises. A small number of the homes are now privately owned.

To the south of the site is brownfield development land bordering Walker Road. Previously earmarked for a south wall mirroring the development further up the hill, construction began in the late 1970’s, but was halted and the work completed was demolished.

It was envisaged that this site would be marketed in 2010, following the adoption of an SPD, but the future of the site is tied in to the Byker Trust proposals for this site and to upgrade the remainder of the Byker estate. . 

Ouseburn Gateway – The Wimpey site

This site was acquired by One NorthEast along with the Heaney and Ice Factory sites, all of which have been transferred to the HCA after ONE was wound up..  These and other NCC sites within the 1NG East Quayside and Ouseburn Estuary project area are part of a joint venture between the two parties (NCC and HCA).A private sector development partner is due to be announced in May 2012 to develop these sites starting with a mainly housing scheme for the East Bank (the former Ice Factory and Heaney sites).

Hume St – Heaney site
A public inquiry in October 2007, regarding the refusal of planning permission for offices and residential use on this site, upheld this decision. The applicant, Metier, is considering options.   In early 2009, Bill Heaney Coachworks moved to a new location in North Tyneside - see above

More Recently Completed Schemes

The Round Theatre, Lime St
This 180-seat theatre in the round was completed in 2007 in the void between 36 Lime St artist’s studios and The Cluny bar. Home to Bruvvers Theatre Company, the scheme won awards and was described as ‘putting a quart of a building into a derelict, listed, pint pot of a hole in the ground, on a shoestring’.   Unfortunately, the company went into liquidation in 2008, but the theatre was relaunched as Cluny 2, in spring 2009.

Ouseburn Gateway, 1 Boyd St
The conversion of the former Treen building at the end of Boyd St in the Shieldfield part of Ouseburn was completed in August 2007. It comprises office space and a restaurant, which was occupied until very recently by La Gabbia -watch this space for further news

Cluny Ballroom, Lime St
This space above The Cluny bar on Lime Street was converted into 3 office units in 2007.

Hoults Yard
Various projects have been completed over the past 2 years in this ex Maling Pottery complex, which is run as business space by Hoults Estates.

This including the conversion of two spaces within the existing buildings into office suites called The Old Forge and Maling Studios in 2006, an extension to the Maling Studios offices into the rest of the third floor of the main building in 2008, the creation of The Boiler House offices space from an underused building next to the Old Forge in 2007, and the completion of the conversion of the clocktower in the central courtyard into a café in 2008.Further developments here in 2012 include Tea Pot Studios.

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