Plans in for work to begin transforming disused South Shields docklands into stunning new development

Work to transform derelict industrial land along South Shields' riverside into a bustling living, working and cultural quarter could begin by autumn 2021 after plans were officially submitted for the development.

Monday, 15th February 2021, 12:00 pm

A planning application for civil engineering works needed to transform disused docks and industrial space into a stunning riverside development at Holborn has been submitted to South Tyneside Council.

If approved, the plans for the Holborn area would see a new quay edge wall installed, re-grading of the site, decontamination of the ground and the raising of the former dry docks to overcome serious flooding issues.

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An aerial view of the site which is earmarked for an ambitious new development

The development team said three of the docks would be restored, preserving the area’s industrial heritage.

The site, which is currently split-level, would be reprofiled to create a gentle slope down from Commercial Road to the Tyne, making it more suitable for development.

Cllr Tracey Dixon, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “If approved, these enabling works would prepare what has been a largely derelict area for many years for the transformation into a mixed use development that would deliver new homes and office space and create hundreds of new jobs.”

Subejct to planning permission, the works would get underway in the autumn.

An artist’s impression of the proposed housing for the Holborn site

The scheme, which council chiefs say builds on the considerable investment that has already gone into regenerating South Shields, has secured £9.4million from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the delivery of a future phase of office accommodation.

A 4.5-hectare section of the 10.5-hectare site was awarded Enterprise Zone status after a successful bid supported by the Local Enterprise Partnership.

There have been concerns over the impact of the development by families already living in the area, however.

An artist’s impression of the proposed housing for the Holborn site

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