Plans submitted to NCC for Hexham Station Goods Yard – Verdict: Underwhelming

Three planning applications have just been lodged with Northumberland County Council for works associated with the Goods Yard redevelopment, (as initially reported in the Hexham Civic Society Summer Newsletter). These are: 12/02918/CON; 12/02917/FUL  and 12/02903/LBC. They are described as “Hybrid planning application seeking Full planning permission for station improvements, the erection of three retail units and the use of the Prosser building for retail purposes and outline planning permission for the erection of units for use within Use Classes B1,B2 and B8. Demolition of 3 existing buildings on site. Hexham Goods YardHexham Train Station Loop Hexham Northumberland”.

HCS raised its concerns about the initial ‘draft’ designs that were tabled at a public exhibition on the 5th July at the Wentworth Leisure Centre. Although we are supportive of the general improvement of the derelict Goods Yard area, and of the improved access proposed by Network Rail to the north of Hexham Station, we shared the concerns of many that the tabled proposal was a generic set of ‘big boxes’, which failed to respect their Conservation Area/Listed Buildings context, and failed to take the opportunities that this key site provides. Continue reading “Plans submitted to NCC for Hexham Station Goods Yard – Verdict: Underwhelming”