Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Upset as Plan for Historic Station Rejected

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Upset as Plan for Historic Station Rejected

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Byline: Tony Henderson

THE rejection of a scheme which aimed to secure the future of one of Britain's most historically-important suburban rail stations was met with bafflement yesterday among supporters of the plans.

The 1882 Grade II-star listed Tynemouth Station is described by English Heritage as arguably one of the finest and most important examples of a medium sized Victorian station in the country.

North Tyneside councillors approved an application which will see the restoration of the ornate iron canopies at the station, which is a priority on English Heritage's at risk register.

But they turned down a second bid from Station Developments for a wider scheme which included a library and heritage centre, community rooms and small to medium supermarket which would generate funds for the station works and on-going maintenance costs over future years.

Morris Muter, managing director of Station Development, said the project group which had worked on saving the station had included the company, English Heritage and senior council officers.

He said: "The grounds for refusing the application are small, narrow and misconceived. The greater good and benefit which the proposals would have brought to the historic station could have easily justified mitigating the refusal reasons and granting consent.

"I feel that the whole project team has been greatly misled by the council. There have been vast sums of public and private money ploughed into pursuing the council's proposals - all to no avail.

"I believe the decision is flawed and I will be reviewing our position with our legal planning team in order to consider lodging an appeal."

Nigel Bryant, chairman of Tynemouth Village Association, said: "The station is a valuable asset to Tynemouth and the North East and this is a chance missed."

Ylana First, secretary of the Friends of Tynemouth Station, said: " When I first saw these plans I was so thrilled I hugged people. Now I am very disappointed.

It is unbelievable, and I have my theories."

Carol Pyrah, regional director, planning and development, for English Heritage, welcomed the canopies' restoration. …

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