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Ravensworth Road

The Derwent Tower

Ravensworth Road, Dunston, is a close-knit community with a range of schools, a swimming pool, a library and local shops.

It used to be dominated by the Ravensworth Road estate, built in the early 1970s, made up of Derwent Tower, Cleveland Mews, Tower Court and Cheviot Green.

The Council looked at different ways of improving the estate. However, after presenting the options to residents and neighbours, it was clear that the vast majority of people supported complete demolition and redevelopment.

So in January 2009 the Council agreed to demolition, although excluding Dunston Social Club, to create a new neighbourhood that meets the needs of local people.

In September 2009, the government issued a Certificate of Immunity from Listing for the Ravensworth Road estate. This meant that the redevelopment could progress.

A visioning document and planning brief for Ravensworth Road was approved by the council's Cabinet in December 2010.

Demolition of the maisonettes and Derwent Tower started in early 2011 and will be complete in summer 2017.

Keepmoat Homes Ltd were selected as the lead developer to bring together the different uses on the site. The multi-million pound project was given approval by a Gateshead Council planning committee in October 2013.

The first part of the project was the creation of 47 new one and two bedroom homes for people aged 55 and over. This was joined by an Aldi supermarket, and later in 2017 a new medical centre will be built. 

The second phase of the project will see 45 new family homes built at the north end of the site, starting in summer 2017.

Contact us

Andrew Sloan
Project Manager
Area Regeneration Team
Tel: 0191 433 3425