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New proposals for unfinished Whickham Bank home

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Construction work could soon re-start on a house that has stood empty and unfinished for almost 15 years.  

Building work on the large detached house on Whickham Bank was halted in 2005 after local residents complained about the scale of the structure being built.   

The development had been given planning permission in 1998 by Gateshead Council, but after building work began local residents began raising complaints with the council about the scale of the structure and potential overlooking of their own properties. The building's owner agreed to stop the works while the council reviewed the complaints.  

The final stage of negotiations has now been reached and agreement is being sought with the building's owner to modify the design to reduce its height, reduce overlooking of neighbouring homes and alleviate local residents' concerns.  

In order to ensure that the matter is resolved as quickly as possible, Gateshead Council proposes to serve a Section 102 notice which would amend the existing planning permission and approve a new design.   

The section 102 notice will need to be confirmed by the Secretary of State who may invite interested parties including local residents to comment. The Secretary of State will then decide on whether to allow the development to proceed.  

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"This is an extremely unusual and complex legal case with a number of parties involved," says Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection.  

"This is a very little used piece of legislation but its considered to be the best way to bring this longstanding issue to a final close quickly. It will also allow an independent decision to be made by the Secretary of State after hearing everyone's views"  

"In 1998  planning permission was awarded in the usual way, but it was clearly a finely balanced decision and I accept that in this case the Council's decision was wrong. The council is now taking this unusual action to put this right. 

"Since this issue came to light, the council's planning service has made a number of changes to their processes and it is extremely unlikely that a similar decision could be taken today.  

"Hopefully, the Section 102 notice will mean that we can all now begin to move on and the Secretary of State will enable the site's owner to develop a home that is acceptable to both his family and the local community."  

House whole view
23 January 2020

Construction work could soon re-start on a house that has stood empty and unfinished for almost 15 years.  

Building work on the large detached house on Whickham Bank was halted in 2005 after local residents complained about the scale of the structure being built.   

The development had been given planning permission in 1998 by Gateshead Council, but after building work began local residents began raising complaints with the council about the scale of the structure and potential overlooking of their own properties. The building's owner agreed to stop the works while the council reviewed the complaints.  

The final stage of negotiations has now been reached and agreement is being sought with the building's owner to modify the design to reduce its height, reduce overlooking of neighbouring homes and alleviate local residents' concerns.  

In order to ensure that the matter is resolved as quickly as possible, Gateshead Council proposes to serve a Section 102 notice which would amend the existing planning permission and approve a new design.   

The section 102 notice will need to be confirmed by the Secretary of State who may invite interested parties including local residents to comment. The Secretary of State will then decide on whether to allow the development to proceed.  

Bank Top House 02
"This is an extremely unusual and complex legal case with a number of parties involved," says Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection.  

"This is a very little used piece of legislation but its considered to be the best way to bring this longstanding issue to a final close quickly. It will also allow an independent decision to be made by the Secretary of State after hearing everyone's views"  

"In 1998  planning permission was awarded in the usual way, but it was clearly a finely balanced decision and I accept that in this case the Council's decision was wrong. The council is now taking this unusual action to put this right. 

"Since this issue came to light, the council's planning service has made a number of changes to their processes and it is extremely unlikely that a similar decision could be taken today.  

"Hopefully, the Section 102 notice will mean that we can all now begin to move on and the Secretary of State will enable the site's owner to develop a home that is acceptable to both his family and the local community."  

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