Plans for new homes on the outskirts of Newcastle have been revealed through an online public consultation.
The proposed development by a consortium comprising Northumberland Estates, Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey and the Quadrini family would see up to 1,600 two, three, four and five bedroomed properties built at Upper Callerton near Westerhope.
Affordable homes would also be created as part of the scheme, boosting the affordability of home ownership for local people, and relieving the pressure on the social housing rented sector.
Upper Callerton is part of the Callerton Neighbourhood Growth Area, which has been allocated for the development of approximately 3,000 new homes within the Newcastle Gateshead Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan (CSUCP).
The public consultation, which is live at www.uppercallertonconsultation.com, will be around a masterplan that takes into account initial comments from Newcastle City Council, Woolsington Parish Council and the Woolsington Residents’ Association together with local youth groups.
An estimated 600 new construction and supply chain jobs could be created if plans get the green light with work on this latest phase of the overall housing allocation for Callerton potentially starting as early as autumn 2023.
Barry Spall, development planner at Northumberland Estates, said that the Upper Callerton development, which includes a new primary school and local retail centre at the centre of the scheme, will help to meet the urgent need for more quality housing for Newcastle.
He said: “We are engaging with local people to explain the consortium’s plans and present the many benefits this latest phase of development offers. We are keen to hear the views of as many people as possible which will be considered before any plans are submitted to the planning authority.
“There are currently huge pressures on the housing sector and more properties are desperately needed to meet the shortage and provide local people with good quality homes in an area that they want to live in.”
An image of the Upper Callerton masterplan