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Plans for former Windmill Hills care home considered

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Proposals to bring a derelict former nursing home in Windmill Hills back into use will be considered by councillors next week.

Members of the council's Planning and Development Committee will examine two applications for permission to convert the Grade 2-listed former Windmill Hills Industrial Day School into a new regional base for the Church of Scientology.

The building occupies a prominent site to the North and West of Gateshead town centre adjacent to the Windmill Hill Park and its deteriorating condition has been a major concern for the council for some time. Efforts to secure the fabric of the building have been ongoing for a number of years.

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Above: the building has been derelict for many years
The plans include a chapel, offices, conference rooms, public exhibition space and a café which would be open to the public.

As the building is Grade 2-listed, separate applications for planning permission and listed building consent have been submitted and both will be considered. Members will be recommended to grant the two applications but subject to 81 conditions.

The building originally opened in 1879 as a school, but it fell out of use in the 1960's and was then adapted as offices for the council's Architectural Services department. It was later used as a nursing home but closed in 2004, and the building has been empty ever since.

The red brick building is an early design by Thomas Oliver who would go on to form part of the prolific architectural firm who designed buildings such as the Discovery Museum, Cathedral Buildings and Milburn House in Newcastle.

Councillors will be told that the principle of changing the building's use from a nursing home to a place of worship has already been established after the committee approved a previous application for change of use in September 2007.

Gateshead's Planning and Development Committee will meet to consider the two applications next Wednesday (July 17) at Gateshead Civic Centre.

You can read the committee reports here.

General view
12 July 2019

Proposals to bring a derelict former nursing home in Windmill Hills back into use will be considered by councillors next week.

Members of the council's Planning and Development Committee will examine two applications for permission to convert the Grade 2-listed former Windmill Hills Industrial Day School into a new regional base for the Church of Scientology.

The building occupies a prominent site to the North and West of Gateshead town centre adjacent to the Windmill Hill Park and its deteriorating condition has been a major concern for the council for some time. Efforts to secure the fabric of the building have been ongoing for a number of years.

Windmill Hills_02
Above: the building has been derelict for many years
The plans include a chapel, offices, conference rooms, public exhibition space and a café which would be open to the public.

As the building is Grade 2-listed, separate applications for planning permission and listed building consent have been submitted and both will be considered. Members will be recommended to grant the two applications but subject to 81 conditions.

The building originally opened in 1879 as a school, but it fell out of use in the 1960's and was then adapted as offices for the council's Architectural Services department. It was later used as a nursing home but closed in 2004, and the building has been empty ever since.

The red brick building is an early design by Thomas Oliver who would go on to form part of the prolific architectural firm who designed buildings such as the Discovery Museum, Cathedral Buildings and Milburn House in Newcastle.

Councillors will be told that the principle of changing the building's use from a nursing home to a place of worship has already been established after the committee approved a previous application for change of use in September 2007.

Gateshead's Planning and Development Committee will meet to consider the two applications next Wednesday (July 17) at Gateshead Civic Centre.

You can read the committee reports here.

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