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Residents given say on redevelopment plans

 
   
Date: 30/10/2012

 
 
Plans for the major redevelopment of an unpopular 1960s Tyneside estate are set to be discussed with people living in the area.

Clasper Village, near the Redheugh Bridge in Gateshead, is set to be replaced with new homes, public open space and possibly a small supermarket. The redevelopment is being planned after the majority of people living in Clasper Village told Gateshead Council that they thought that the estate didn’t fit their needs for the future.

Residents of the estate are currently being helped to move to other homes in Gateshead. So far around 80 families have been helped to move. The existing houses will be demolished in stages, likely to start in Spring next year.

Gateshead Council is looking to appoint a developer next year and feedback from local people will be used to help steer the formation of detailed plans. Those plans are expected to include a variety of new home types to cater for different needs, with a focus on families.

Two sites for a local supermarket are suggested, providing greater choice in order to attract a retail developer. Both are on Askew Road West, one being next to the medical centre and the other close to the roundabout.

Two drop in events to give people living in Clasper Village and nearby Teams the chance to discuss the regeneration have been organised at the nearby Teams Children’s Centre. They will take place on November 6 and 7 from 4pm to 6.30pm.

Gateshead Council service director of environment, economic development and regeneration, Peter Thompson, said: “We asked people in Clasper Village if their homes met their needs and the majority were quite clear that they didn’t. That’s why we’re working towards the total redevelopment of the area.

 

“From what local people have already told us, we know that they would like to see a variety of homes, particularly for families, and ideally a new supermarket for the community. But we’d like to understand more about how they think we can provide the best possible long term future for the area. That’s why we’re holding these consultation events and I’d really encourage everyone living in the area to come and talk to us about what they’d like to see.”

 

Information about the consultation events is being sent to homes in Clasper Village and Teams.

 

 

 

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