Plans approved to refurbish Georgian Ivy House North in Westoe Village

A heritage building in South Shields is set for a revamp under new plans approved by planning bosses.

Monday, 29th November 2021, 6:44 pm

Back in July 2021, South Tyneside Council received a planning application for the historic Ivy House North in Westoe Village.

The plans related to a ground floor flat in the Grade II-listed building which is located within the Westoe Village Conservation Area.

This proposals for the project included the refurbishment of the house’s front windows, the replacement and refurbishment of windows to the rear of the house, and a new kitchen door at the back of the property.

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Ivy House North, Westoe Village.

According to planning documents submitted to the council, the late 18th Century Georgian building, which has been converted into two separate dwellings, makes a “positive contribution” to the local conservation area.

After assessing the application, officers at South Tyneside Council’s planning department granted planning permission and listed building consent for the works on November 26.

A decision report prepared by council planners said the scheme would be acceptable and would not harm the character of the Westoe Village Conservation Area.

The report reads: “It is considered that the proposal would not harm the visual amenities of the property itself, the building as a whole or the surrounding street scene.

“It is considered that the proposal would not harm the character, appearance and historic significance of the Westoe Village Conservation Area.

“The proposal is considered to sufficiently convey sensitive consideration of its surroundings and protect the special character of the Westoe Village Conservation Area.”

A design, access and heritage statement from the applicant, submitted with the application, states the Ivy House is “one of the oldest properties in South Shields. ”

The statement notes that the old windows at Ivy House North had “deteriorated with age” and that proposed works would rebuild the window frames and sash boxes “like for like with the original.”

It adds that the proposed works would “adapt the property to expected 21st Century living standards while retaining connections with the historic, social and architectural contexts and fabric.”

For more information on the approved plans, visit South Tyneside Council’s online planning portal and search reference: ST/0719/21/HFUL