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Green light for Dunston regeneration scheme

Posted on Tuesday 19 September 2017
Ravensworth Road development

Ravensworth Road development

The final stages of a major £20m redevelopment scheme in Dunston are to go ahead this year – and finish a year ahead of schedule.

Today Gateshead Council’s Cabinet agreed that the land should be sold a year early to Keepmoat Homes Ltd.

NHS England has approved funding for a new purpose-built medical centre to allow the relocation of the Glenpark Surgery.  Building will start next month.

The original plan was for land owned by the council at the 1970s “Rocket” estate in Ravensworth Road to be sold once the first phase of the work was completed.

The council decision will allow the final phase of the scheme – to build 45 two and three-bedroom homes and a medical centre - to go ahead immediately.  Building will start next month.  The first homes will be available to buy before Christmas and the scheme will be finished next summer.

The first phase of the redevelopment at the site saw the demolition of several tower blocks and the construction of shops, accommodation for older people, and a pharmacy.

Cllr Malcolm Brain, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This decision means that the regeneration of this key site in Dunston can begin a year ahead of schedule.

“The £20m redevelopment has been a major project both for the council and Keepmoat and we’re delighted that we are about to see work start on the last phase of the scheme to finally complete the regeneration of the area.”

Ian Prescott, Land and Partnerships Director for Keepmoat in the North East, said: “The regeneration of Dunston is progressing incredibly well and the funding approval for the new health centre is effectively the last piece of the jigsaw allowing the whole scheme to be brought to fruition very much for the benefit of local people.

“The scheme required a commitment and a patient approach; but we’ve had overwhelming support from local residents that not only happy to be rid of the former ‘Rocket’, but keen to get the new additions to the area in place.”

Dr Guy Pilkington, Clinical Chair at NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are pleased to be able to support the Glenpark Practice in their move to the new facility. It will allow the practice to continue providing a first class service to their patients, with the potential to offer a wider range of services in the future.”

Dr Bronwyn Tasker, Senior Partner at Glenpark Medical Practice said, “The practice is delighted to be part of this redevelopment project that will breathe new life into the heart of Dunston. The practice always strives  to provide the highest quality of care for our patients, and the new premises will enable us to develop the services that we can provide to the local community.”