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Urban Splash wins planning for new custom-build homes

Colin MacInnes
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Urban Splash and affordable housing provider Places for People has won detailed planning permission for the first phase of a kit-of-parts development in North Shields

North Tyneside Council last week gave the thumbs up to the ShedKM-designed, 34-home scheme which is part of the masterplan for the former shipyard at Smith’s Dock.

Planning officers said that the design of the new, modular homes would be a ‘modern interpretation of the terraced house’, with small pitched roofs.

The permission covers 10 three bedroom, two storey houses and 24 four bedroom, three storey homes.

Documents submitted by Urban Splash to the council in support of the application said: ‘The gables of the pitched roofs are expressed on the front elevations, reinforcing the rhythm and modulation of the terrace.

‘Research has shown that most house buyers would like to utilise the volume within a pitched roof space’.

The two storey dwellings will be covered by a dark grey cladding which looks black when wet. The three-storey dwellings will be clad with off-white materials.

The homes will also make use of Urban Splash’s ‘houSE’ concept, allowing residents to customise room sizes and fittings to their own needs.

Outline planning consent was granted in April 2013 for two alternatives schemes for the site, both containing around 800 homes. Both versions include commercial development, although one would allow the construction of a hotel.

Simon Humphrey, development director at Urban Splash said that four more schemes using the ‘hoUSe’ concept are currently in the pre-application stage in Liverpool, Manchester and Salford (see AJ 15.03.12).

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