Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bunfight over Former Greggs Site

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bunfight over Former Greggs Site

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Byline: DANIEL HOLLAND Local Democracy Reporter daniel.holland@reachplc.com @danhollandnews

AWAR of words has broken out between council bosses and a Newcastle property firm over the future of a former Greggs bakery headquarters.

The Adderstone Group has accused Newcastle City Council of stifling the city's growth, after seeing its latest plans to regenerate the Gosforth site turned down.

The local authority says it has "serious reservations" about proposals to allow a contemporary dance company, a gym, and a wrestling gym to move on to the site, as part of the developer's ambitions to create a small business hub known as the Baker's Yard.

Adderstone had initially wanted to build homes on the land in Christon Road, but saw those plans knocked back over noise concerns, and now says it will have no choice but to develop the site for industrial use.

Adderstone CEO Ian Baggett has been left enraged by the council's decision and has attacked its record on new developments.

But civic centre chiefs have hit back, saying Newcastle is "one of the UK's fastest growing cities" and that they have "repeatedly attempted" to find a solution for the old Greggs site.

Mr Baggett said: "We could have delivered three times as much investment if every single consent hadn't been such a battle. Every architect in the city has archives full of dreams that have been micromanaged into oblivion. Newcastle is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and I am afraid our own planners and politicians are holding us back."

The latest rejection of Adderstone's plans centres around a row over parking facilities at the site.

The developer maintains that 15 parking spaces were all that its three tenants - including the Battle Ready wrestling school and Ballet Lorent -said they required, but council bosses insist that is insufficient. …

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