Consultation launched over plans for new homes at former Newcastle nurses’ home

Plans for new high end residential apartments on the site of a former Newcastle nurses’ home will be outlined at a public consultation launched this week.

The regeneration project led by Jomast Developments could see a mix of 57 one and two bedroomed private rented properties developed at the old Angel Heights nurses’ home on Westgate Road and an existing brownfield site attached to the rear of the property.

Angel Heights originally opened in 1925 to provide accommodation for nurses working at the nearby Newcastle General Hospital. However, the building, which offers over 50,000 sq. ft. of space on a 1.38-acre plot, has been vacant for several years and is now in a poor state of repair.

New investment could see the site transformed into ‘vibrant’ high quality, residential accommodation. A dedicated on-site management team, landscaped courtyard, renovated frontage are all part of a package of ambitious plans that would also see the existing mature trees at the front of the site retained.

Development of 12 new-build duplex style apartments with car parking spaces on land to the rear of the property is also planned. These would add an eye-catching frontage to Dunholme Road, reflecting the character of other properties in the neighbourhood.

Aimed at young professionals, the designs for the development by GT3 Architects are seen as a welcome addition to housing provision in the city.

Lichfields will be discussing the plans with local councillors, local residents and other key stakeholders during December; providing more information on the benefits of the project. These will be followed by a public consultation ahead of an expected planning submission after Christmas.

If plans get the green light around the middle of 2023, onsite construction work could start this time next year, creating many new construction and supply chain jobs.

Jomast Developments is seeking the views of local people and stakeholders on the plans via a digital consultation, which will be live from 2 - 18 December 2022 at

Robert Dibden, associate director at Lichfields Newcastle office, said: “This regeneration scheme can help to meet the urgent need for more quality housing for Newcastle. Residents and stakeholders are being consulted to understand the many opportunities and benefits this latest development at Angel Heights offers.

There are currently huge pressures on the housing sector and more properties are desperately needed to meet the shortage and provide young people with good quality homes in an area that they want to live in.

Adam Hearld, Jomast’s development director, said: “This will be a fantastic residential development and an investment for young, aspirational professionals, bringing back to life and repurposing the old nurses’ home. We would like to hear the views of as many people as possible which will be considered before any plans are submitted to the planning authority.”
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