Guide to Development Management at Gateshead - page 18

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appraisal, management plan and shop front design
guide have been prepared to accompany the
scheme and conservation area.
Bridges Townscape Heritage Initiative
Bridges Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI)
took place from 2002 to 2011. It covered the
Bridges Conservation Area, which is the historic
core of Gateshead between the River Tyne and
Gateshead Centre.
The project focused on bringing historic buildings
back into use and improving the streets and open
spaces in the area. It included a total of 11 projects
– five buildings were restored and six vacant
buildings were repaired and brought back into use.
Bridges THI has also attracted additional investment
and acted as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of
the area including refurbishment of the Wellington
Street Railway Arches and new residential &
commercial space on Half Moon Lane.
With such a large scheme, there have been long negotiations led by the
Council’s Area Regeneration team in partnership with others parts of the
Council including key input planners from Development Management to
deliver this important regeneration project. It was one of the largest retail led
mixed-use developments outside of London.
Blaydon, Felling and Birtley Centres
In Blaydon, a large new Morrisons supermarket has recently been built within
the existing district centre as well as the reprovision of local services and the
upgrading of the existing units improving the wider retail offer.
In Felling, the existing district centre is to be redeveloped to provide a new
supermarket and retail units (planning permission granted ), whilst in Birtley,
Morrisons and Morbaine are developing a new Morrisons supermarket in the
centre. All three of these developments will provide new anchor
supermarkets to support and enhance existing retail centres and to serve
local communities.
Townscape Heritage Initiative at
Coatsworth Road, Bensham
Coatsworth Road district centre is progressing with a Townscape Heritage
Lottery grant scheme funded by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Over £1.9
million of funding will be spent on Coatsworth Road for the next four years.
This will fund repairs and refurbishments to commercial buildings within the
Coatsworth Conservation Area as well as public realm improvements and
training for businesses and the community. As part of this scheme the
conservation area boundary was extended in December 2011. A character
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