The proposed Portland Street development is on vacant land bordered by Queen Victoria Street, Nether Farm Road, Wynn Gardens, Jonadab Street, and Portland Street.
The purpose of the facility will be to help people with multiple and complex needs transition from homelessness to independent living. The scheme would see 20 self-contained flats built on the site as well as dedicated space for partner agency visits, 24-7 on-site staff, and parking for staff and visitors.
People who come to live in the scheme can only stay for a maximum of three years. We are concerned that this makes the development a place to stay rather than a place to live. A constant stream of new residents may have problems settling in to the neighbourhood.
The size and location of the building on a hill overlooking neighbouring properties will reduce privacy and generate an increased risk of noise and other disturbances. Construction disturbance would be considerable.
We believe that there are other, more appropriate sites in Pelaw that would not impose on the neighbours. This site seems like it was chosen because it is a piece of land that the Council has had trouble managing, rather than because the scheme is a good fit for the neighbourhood.
Do you agree? We ask you to sign our petition calling for Gateshead Council to decline the planning application. Don't forget to also submit your official comments to the Council via the Planning Portal.
We, the undersigned residents, call on Gateshead Council to withdraw the Supported Accommodation scheme proposed for Portland Street in Pelaw. This is for several reasons including: Loss of amenity - Change to character of the neighbourhood - Noise - Inadequate local services - Overlooking and loss of privacy.