Former swimming baths and civic centre site in South Tyneside could be turned into 94-home estate

The former home of Hebburn’s civic centre and swimming baths could make way for a major housing estate if plans get the go-ahead.

Thursday, 24th October 2019, 5:45 pm
Updated Friday, 25th October 2019, 3:13 pm

In recent months, plans were lodged with South Tyneside Council for vacant land off Campbell Park Road and Victoria Road East.

Under the proposals from Keepmoat Homes Ltd, the site could soon offer dozens of new homes for sale.

Plans include 94 homes with a mix of two, three or four bedrooms. Nine of the homes on site would be provided at affordable rent through a “rent to buy” scheme run by housing association Karbon Homes.

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Land adjacent to the junction of Victoria Road East and Campbell Park Road, Hebburn Picture: Google .

Designs also show all plots having rear garden space and parking, alongside 33 visitor spaces.

The site formerly housed Hebburn’s civic centre and swimming baths, children and family court advisory support service and resource centre. In recent years the site has been cleared and houses a health centre and car park.

If plans are approved, the car park will be removed with a new pedestrian and vehicle access provided off Campbell Park Road.

In documents submitted to the council, developers say the estate will support the council in meeting Government housing targets.

They add the site is in a sustainable location close to public transport and swimming, leisure and library facilities at Hebburn Central.

A planning statement also claims the plans would contribute to the “residential regeneration of Hebburn”.

The document reads: “The proposal is considered to be of an appropriate scale and massing within the context of its surroundings.

“Sympathetic and appropriate high-quality materials, structures and hard and soft landscaping have been incorporated into the scheme, resulting in a well-designed development within the urban area of Hebburn that integrates well with neighbouring uses.”

Under the plans, the existing Ellison View Surgery will remain on-site with its own parking facilities.

Public comments are open on the plans until January 20 next year. For more information, visit South Tyneside Council’s planning portal and search reference: ST/0812/19/FUL