Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Adderstone to Appeal Housing Scheme Refusal; Development

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Adderstone to Appeal Housing Scheme Refusal; Development

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Byline: coreena ford

DEVELOPERS are to launch an appeal after their plans to transform the former Greggs offices in Newcastle into a housing estate were knocked back.

Newcastle firm Adderstone Group snapped up the former Greggs site in Gosforth five years ago, when the national bakery giant moved elsewhere in the city, and discussions to regenerate the plot of land began with Newcastle City Council.

Adderstone's vision is to create a scheme called Christon Park, which could eventually create more than 250 homes over 24 acres, with a first application for 39 luxury four and five-bedroom homes.

The application has been refused by planners after a report said there was 'significant adverse noise impact at existing dwellings on Christon Close' from remaining companies on the industrial estate where the Greggs offices used to be. A senior planning officer also concluded: "The development, while providing economic benefits and social benefits, would not overcome the environmental impacts of future residents from neighbouring commercial uses."

However, Adderstone Group is now gearing up to take its case to the planning inspectorate, on the grounds that the 'potential noise' that got it refused was a one-off noise level which neighbouring business could potentially generate, and should therefore have not been used as justification for refusal.

The firm also cites a barrister's opinion that it should not be used as justification for refusal. Despite the fact that no noise issues were found during two weeks of monitoring, the council's Environmental Officer highlighted a worst case scenario and recommended refusal based on exceptional noise levels which occurred during a site visit to White Brothers Limited on July 31.

The document also shows the business carried out a noisy demonstration to show what kind of levels could be experienced.

In a document which formed part of the deliberations, the council's public safety and regulation service manager, Ed Foster, submitted a document which said: "White Brothers: Steel Fabricators, no noise issues were found here over two weeks worth of noise monitoring carried out. …

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